|Me trying to fill Dad's shoes|
|Me helping Dad with the fire|
A new study reports that life expectancy nationwide has increased by about 4 years for men and 2 years for women. However, the life expectancy has actually decreased for areas in the Deep South, Appalachia, and northern Texas. That’s pretty bad and sad news for those of us here in the South. The University of Washington Seattle study indicates that obesity, high blood pressure, and tobacco use have all contributed to this decrease in life expectancy. All three of these factors can be reversed and are preventable ailments. In the past few weeks, I have written about how we are killing our kids through their food intake and their sedentary lifestyles. But, as it turns out, we adults are killing ourselves as well! We can’t continue to eat the way we do and sit at desks, in cars, and on couches and expect to remain healthy.
I personally want to be able to celebrate many more Father’s Days with my dad. He is a supportive man who has encouraged me and loved me more than he knows. And I am sure many of you have fathers who have done the same. So, use this Father’s Day as the time to give back to Dad. Support him, encourage him, and love him enough to see him get healthy. Give Dad a pair of running shoes rather than a tie. Take Dad for a walk rather than a movie. Celebrate Dad with a healthful home-cooked meal rather than a greasy steak & loaded potato. He gave you his best for many years, now it’s your turn to make sure Dad gets the best.
|Me and my Dad|
If you and your dad need help determining how to get started or need motivation to get & stay healthy, I am here for you! I’ll help you fill Dad’s shoes the healthy way – and you’ll celebrate many more Father’s Days together! Go to http://www.coachdconsulting.com/Services.html to see all the ways I can help you and those you love. Make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get meals you and Dad can make together. This week’s newsletter also includes lots of great facts about men and obesity. Obesity is 100% preventable – let’s start today!