Don't Kill Dad This Father's Day: Five Healthy Gift Ideas

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Father's Day is Sunday and I'm not going to sugar-coat it: our dad's are not doing well. They're fat and they're dying because of it. According to the American Heart Association, about 75 percent of adult men are overweight, and about half of those are obese. More than one in three adult men has some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In 2008, CVD caused the deaths of 392,210 males in this country, making it by far the leading killer of American men, and cancer caused 295,295 more. On top of that, 13 million adult men in this country have diabetes. The evidence gets more convincing every day that poor diet and the resulting excess pounds are directly linked to ailments like CVD, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Faced with these facts, do you still think taking your dad out for that steak dinner or sloppy ice cream sundae is the best way to show him you love him this Father's Day?

Listen. I live in the real world. I know men love food, and not bird food at that. Hell, my own father is an admitted hot dog junkie -- a fact that regularly haunts my most frightening nightmares. But on Father's Day, we have a chance to give our dads something that shows we care about their long-term health. We don't have to play into their self-destructive food tendencies. I mean, I for one will not be giving my dad a cornucopia of Oscar Mayer wieners this Sunday. Sorry to spoil the surprise dad, but you're getting spirulina and exercise equipment.

Instead, we can use the holiday as an opportunity to inspire our daddies to live healthier this year, so that we have a better chance of keeping them around for the next one. Here are a few health promoting gifts to consider handing your dad this weekend, in lieu of a bouquet of beef jerky or an Outback gift card.

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1. Good Greens Bars - $30 for a box of 12
For the dad who's always on the go -- and who loves to use that as an excuse to eat a bunch of junk -- these superfood-stuffed bars are the perfect way to infuse a dose of health that actually tastes good. Made by an emerging company based in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Good Greens contain a blend of 52 superfoods, including wheatgrass, green tea, barley grass, and acai, plus brown rice protein powder for sustained fullness and probiotics to aid digestion. Flavors options include chocolate peanut butter, chocolate coconut, and chocolate raspberry, or for the dad who's blender literate, you can buy the superfood blend in shake-ready powder form. (If you order from Amazon, they cost less and you can get cheap rush delivery so they'll arrive at Dad's house on Saturday.)

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2. A Subscription to Nutrition Action - $20
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has been an advocate for American health for the past 40 years. They publish an excellent health newsletter that keeps readers abreast of all the latest findings in nutritional science, from disease prevention to memory preservation and the best foods for your waistline. One of my favorite highlights is the "Right Stuff" and "Food Porn" ratings at the back of the book, which feature the best foods on the market (mini sweet peppers, for example) alongside the absolute worst foods ever created (Tony's frozen macaroni and cheese pizza, et al.), accompanied by the uplifting or depressing nutritional stats on each. The newsletter accepts no advertising, and so serves as a great, unbiased launch point from which dad can start focusing on healthful food choices.

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Mark
Mark

Haunts your dreams!  hilarious!  Thank you again for the tips.  this has me thinking

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