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Give dad the gift of heart health

June 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — What better way to celebrate Dad than by doing something that is beneficial to everyone's health?
The American Heart Association has suggestions that will get you and Dad outdoors and be physically active on his special day. Being active on a daily basis will reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke the number one and number four killers in the U.S.
Play his favorite sport. Does he like golf? Go to the driving range to hit a round of golf balls. Baseball? Go to the park for a game of catch. Football? Set up a game of flag football with your family or friends. Soccer? Grab a ball and practice together in your yard or at the park. He'll appreciate the thoughtfulness and you'll spend quality time together while being physically active!
Help with the chores. Give Dad a coupon good for one day of helping him with chores around the house. Offer to help rake leaves, mow the lawn, paint the fence or wash the car. Go the extra mile by offering to do an entire chore for him!
Go to the park. Spend some quality time outdoors in the fresh air. Whether you're playing on the playground or playing a game of catch, make sure to keep your heart pumping and body moving. Even if it is just a walk around the park it's beneficial to your heart!
Take a bike tour. Ride through your neighborhood or community. Ask Dad to point out his favorite parts of town while you point out yours. You'll be physically active while learning a little bit more about each other and your community! If biking isn't an option, walk or roller blade. And remember safety always wear your helmet and kneepads.
Get the Dads together for a game! Ask your friends, neighbors, cousins and their dads to meet up for a pickup game of flag football, basketball, baseball, kickball, tennis, roller hockey, etc. Pack a healthy picnic or snack to enjoy after the game. Remember to stay hydrated and drink lots of water.
Whatever you decide to do with your Dad, take a moment and tell him something special from the heart. It's the greatest gift of all.
For more tips on healthier living, visit www.heart.org/gettinghealthy.
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