Posted on 6/2/2016
Moms get a lot of advice about taking care of their own health, from the
time they give birth at the
children’s hospital through the different stages of their kids’ lives, but what about
dads? June is Men’s Health Month and the perfect time to stop and
think about what dads can do to stay as healthy as possible for their
families. These tips will help dads of all ages get healthier and stay that way.
From the first night, the baby is home from the hospital to the first driving
lesson, dads experience a great deal of stress throughout their kids’
lives. They tend to have fewer options for leave from work, particularly
after the baby is born, and in the early days of kids’ lives, dads
may feel overwhelmed by the new responsibilities and financial strain
on their plates. As kids get older, the financial pressures can get even
greater as kids’ demands shift. This stress can cause dads to face
depression, anxiety, and an increased risk for heart disease. Dads need
downtime to enjoy activities that help them reduce stress and positive
stress releases strategies to avoid becoming overwhelmed. If you feel
like stress if taking over your life, talk to your doctor about getting help.
Get Regular Checkups
For men, annual physicals offer an opportunity to catch developing health
problems in their early stages so that treatment can begin. This includes
things like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and prostate cancer.
Staying as healthy as possible is the best gift a dad can give his family,
so keep your yearly preventative care visit on the calendar.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Be a role model for your kids by embracing a healthy way of living. Choose
healthy foods, be active every day, don’t smoke, and maintain moderate
drinking habits. Not only will these behaviors help to prevent heart disease,
stroke, some types of cancer, and more, but they will also teach your
kids about taking care of themselves.
Good health for the family starts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital.
We’re committed to providing comprehensive pediatrics services,
including a NICU, children’s emergency care, and management of high-risk
pregnancy in Las Vegas. Get more information today by calling (702) 233-5437.