Be there for your kids this Father’s Day by being healthy!

Father’s Day is a time that children of all ages look forward to celebrating with their fathers and father figures.

The Oswego County Health Department is celebrating National Men’s Health Week this week by reminding all men that there are many simple ways to improve health and be a good role model for those special people in their lives.

The health department seeks to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men.

“Poor lifestyle habits such as unhealthy eating, minimal exercise and frequent exposure to tobacco smoke can lead to chronic diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease,” said Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “Fortunately there are simple ways to reduce your risk of developing these illnesses.”

Eat Healthy:

· Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. They are a source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which play a key role in immune system functioning.

· Increase dietary fiber and whole grains.

· Limit sodium (salt), saturated fats, cholesterol, and added sugar.

· Increase lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, and nuts.

· Limit portion sizes.

Move More:

· Build up to 150 minutes of moderate activity (such as yard work or brisk walking) into your week

· Exercise helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by keeping arteries clear.

· Moderate activity helps shed unwanted pounds if combined with a healthy diet.

· Did you know that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise just three times a week cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 60 percent?

Don’t Smoke:

· Smoking increases the likelihood of a heart attack by six times, compared to those who do not smoke.

· It’s NEVER too late to quit!

· Quitting reduces the risk of cancers of the throat, mouth, esophagus, stomach, lungs, and bladder.

· Quitting also eliminates the risk that second-hand smoke poses to those around you.

“Take these steps to help prevent chronic disease,” said Huang. “After all, Father’s Day would not be the same without you!”

Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more about your risk for chronic disease and to take advantage of screening tests for diabetes, high cholesterol and certain types of cancer.

Early detection can make all the difference in regards to prolonged health and longevity.

For more information call the Oswego County Health Department at (315) 349-3547.