Celebrate the dad in your life with five heart-healthy activities
The best present you can give the dad in your life tomorrow is the gift of health. (Yes, that can be a little hard to wrap, but we’ve got you covered…see below.) And for most men, especially men old enough to be fathers and grandfathers, that means heart health.
Instead of making Father’s Day a time to indulge, keep the focus on active family celebrations and healthier treats. I’m guessing everyone will have more fun and feel better the next day! Plus you’ll know you’ve done your best to ensure that you’ll be celebrating many more Father’s Days for years to come.
Here are five fun ways to celebrate dads of all ages that align with the pillars of healthy longevity:
Nutrition: A whole-food, plant-based diet is key to living long well. Picnic foods are a natural way to incorporate whole fruits and vegetables into a meal, so plan an al fresco spread. Think Mediterranean staples such as hummus, olives, tabouli and baba ganoush paired with sliced carrots and cucumber for dipping. Bonus: Pick a picnic site that you can hike or bike to.
- Exercise: Moving your body somewhat vigorously every day is another key to longevity. But that doesn’t have to be a chore! For Father’s Day, invite other dads and kids to a pickup game, whether it be touch football, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, badminton or pickleball.
- Social: Healthy socializing is a pillar of healthy longevity. Expand your social circle by throwing a lawn games party. Dust off the croquet mallets, corn hole bean bags, or bocce ball set and play until all the dads win.
- Mental Health: Finding an inner sense of purpose and joy and a healthy mental state is the fourth pillar. Give the dad in your life a mental break with a healthy breakfast in bed and his favorite book or activity.
If no celebration in your house is complete without a tangible gift, consider something that encourages heart health. That could be an activity tracker, sports gear, a new cookbook, or even a sampler of Step One Foods.
Incorporating nutrition, exercise, social and mental health year-round can help all of us live longer and better. Father’s Day is a perfect time to remind the dads in our lives how much we value their health.
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