probably no coincidence that we celebrate Fatherís Day in
June ó the same month that has been designated "Menís
Health Month." Itís a good time, say health experts, to
encourage dear olí dad (and all men) to get regular check
ups and take care of little health issues before they become
big health issues.
a very good idea because, on average, men put off regular
health check ups more often than women. And not to be sexist,
but statistically, men are more likely than women to make poor
lifestyle choices that compromise their health.
without nagging ó how can we help dear olí Dad recognize
if he needs to make some changes in his health habits?
Consider this unique and inexpensive Fatherís Day gift,
(paired with a funny card and lots of hugs and kisses, of
course): a tape measure. And before he tosses you out of the
house, you might also want to give him a copy of this column
than what a man weighs, a good way to evaluate if his extra
weight is a health risk, say experts, is to determine how much
extra fat is around his middle. "Visceral fat"
accumulates around internal organs like the liver, pancreas
and intestines, according to an article on this subject in the
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And when
this type of fat builds up in the abdomen, it increases the
risk for diabetes and heart disease, two major killers of men.
Dadís goal? In general, the measurement around a manís
waist below the rib cage and above the hip bones (or across
the belly button if you canít find the other markers) should
be below 40 inches, according to the National Institutes of
Health Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
evidence, however, suggests that the exact measurement may not
be as important as whether a manís waist is expanding,
shrinking, or staying the same over time. For this reason,
guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the
American Heart Association now recommend that men have their
waist measured at least once a year and more often if they are
makes sense for men because they usually like to measure their
progress. Thatís why they like to tell you the size of the
fish that got away. So you can explain to your special man
that if he measures his waist circumference on a regular
basis, he can know if his health efforts are paying off.
And he can even keep the tape measure in his tackle box.
be a healthful and happy Fatherís Day for all dads.