Health & Safety

Being an involved father requires engagement in all aspects of a child’s life, including health and safety. From knowing how to properly handle a cut or scrape, accompanying a child to regular doctor check-ups, to ensuring that a child receives their mandated vaccinations, involved fathers can make a significant, positive difference.

There are also curriculum and health resources available to support programs through local hospitals, existing pre-natal classes, and national fatherhood groups. 

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Fall 2013 Fatherhood Buzz: Men's Health Initiative

Fathers who model a healthy lifestyle can have a powerful and positive impact upon the development and health of their children. The Fall 2013 Fatherhood Buzz will focus on Men's Health. The Fall 2013 Fatherhood Buzz will be supporting community resources and barbershops with ways to help fathers be healthier, including resources to find local community health centers and ways to connect to health coverage.

Here are some tips to share with dads to help them stay healthy and engaged with their children and family:

  • Engage in physical activity with your children, such as taking a walk, go swimming or playing catch. For ideas, check out the Let's Move! Parents page.
  • Eat and prepare healthy meals for you and your family. Visit ChooseMyPlate.Gov for more.
  • Visit your local community health center to get information about no or low cost health care for you and your family. Find a local center online by entering your zip code in the "Find a Health Center" box about halfway down the web page.
  • Be a good role model – exercise regularly, eat right, quit smoking and get covered.
  • If you don’t have insurance, go to Heathcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to sign up to receive access to health care and preventive services that can lead to a lifetime of quality time with your family.

Learn more about the Fall 2013 Fatherhood Buzz: Men's Health Initiative and ways to participate.  

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Men’s Health Month
Encouraging fathers to take care of their own health needs is also important as a family issue. Healthy fathers are more available to emotionally and financially support their children and families. Modeling positive behavior through regular doctor appointments and adopting healthy habits is one of the best ways to encourage healthy behaviors in children.

Learn more about men’s health, here: http://www.cdc.gov/men/

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Fatherhood and Safety
Keeping our families safe is a top priority for dads, families, and practitioners. There are a lot of things that count as Safety – here are a few:

  • Emergency preparedness. Like preparing for natural disasters. The Kids section of Ready.gov has games and resources to help families expect the unexpected.
  • Transportation Safety. Car seats, bike helmets, airplane regulations. The Department of Transportation Safe Car Parent Central has resources on keeping children safe from car seat to new driver.
  • Food Safety. Stay on top of recalls, food preparation safe tips, and what to do in cases of food poisoning with FoodSafety.gov.
  • Physical Safety. Keeping your family physically safe comes in many forms. Preventing and treating injuries and infections is part of that effort. The Centers for Disease Control website provides many resources on staying safe.

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Other Relevant Resources

Keeping Kids Safe (link no longer active)
Online tip sheet. Sponsor: Children’s Trust Fund

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, list of health topics related for infants and children.

The Pocket Guide to Good Health For Children
This guide was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with supporting research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, and broaden access to essential services.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau includes reports and links to other sites dealing with oral health, women's heath, and a health database.

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