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Celebrate Men's Health Week with these Timely Tips
Do you find it difficult to get your dad, husband, or other male family members to pay attention to their health needs? Men face unique health challenges, and one of the most dangerous can be not seeking health care. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), men are 24% less likely than women to go to the doctor and have regular checkups. National Men’s Health Week, June 10-16, may be the opportunity you need to encourage self-care. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds men to make their own health a priority with its Healthy Men website. Find tips on how to be healthier and to live a productive life. The CDC recommends common-sense strategies for health such as getting good sleep, quitting smoking/tobacco use, moving more, eating healthy, and taming stress. For those who haven’t had regular physical checkups or health screenings, you can get a list of suggested screenings and preventive tests to stay healthy at any age. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services campaign, Man Up. Take Control of Your Health, is dedicated to men’s health with resources and facts to help men stay healthy and active. You can also stay up on the latest about men's health at CDC by signing up for e-mail updates in the top right corner of the Men's Health website.
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Online Resources Offer Advice, Support for Fathers
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate and appreciate dads and those who fill a role as a father figure. Many fathers are reluctant to talk about their concerns about being a dad. Others simply may not realize they have a place to go for discussion, tips, and advice. The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is a national resource for fathers, practitioners, and public programs which serve or support efforts for strong fathers and families. It is funded through the U.S. Office of Family Assistance (OFA). The mission of this program is to provide, assist, and publish current research and strategies that will encourage and strengthen fathers with a variety of tools. Many dads are at a loss on how to spend more quality time with their kids – and this website provides tips and activities to help find more creative ways to enjoy time with their kids. Dads can sign up to take the Fatherhood Pledge to reinforce their commitment to their families and children. They can also find fatherhood programs all over the United States that deal specifically with the issues of becoming a dad. For dads with more experience and a desire to help others, sign up to become a mentor and offer advice, support, and friendship to those who may need the presence of a dad in their lives. Dads are a vital resource to families and communities. Remember to honor Dad and thank him for his sacrifice. Happy Father’s Day!
Kids.Gov Provides Great Ideas and Activities for Educational Summer Fun
Kids.gov is the government’s official web portal for kids, with activities for kindergarteners through 8th graders and resources for parents and teachers. If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids engaged and learning this summer, Kids.gov has a variety of resources all in one safe spot for your kids. Some highlights from the site include:
Join Kids.gov for a live Twitter chat to talk about fun and educational activities you can do with your kids this summer on Thursday, June 20th, 1:00 PM (EDT). Follow @kidsgov and use #kidsummer to join the conversation and find new activities for your kids this summer!
Advice Helps Parents Communicate with Children About Bullying
Talk to your kids about bullying.
Ask your kids to let you know if an online message or image makes them feel threatened or hurt. If you fear for your child's safety, contact the police.
Read the comments. Cyberbullying often involves mean-spirited comments. Check out your kid's page from time to time to see what you find.
Recognize the signs of a cyberbully.
Help stop cyberbullying.
What to do About a Cyberbully
Don't react to the bully.
Protect your child’s profile.
Block or delete the bully.
This information is brought to you from OnGuardOnline.gov.
FATHER'S DAY FAST FACTS
70.1 million men across the nation were fathers in 2008 (Source: 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), unpublished)
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