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February 10, 2020

Welcome to 2020, a new year and a new decade! The new year is a great time to teach children about making meaningful resolutions, starting new habits, and planning meaningful activities. Think about creating some traditions that they can pass on to their children! Here are some ideas to help you make this new year extra special.

Give back to others. This is a great time of year to teach kids the importance of being kind and helping... Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

What comes to mind when you hear the term “new parent?” Maybe it conjures the image of a frazzled and sleep-deprived adult. Parents both new and old are often seen as chronically tired, which has well-documented ramifications on their health and well-being. What about children, though? Although kids seemingly have boundless energy, their sleep needs and cycles are profound and ever-changing. Quality sleep at all stages of childhood is even... Continue Reading

January 25, 2016

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog on December 30, 2015. View the original post.

According to a 2014 DOJ report1, 60 percent of children are exposed to violence, sometimes on a daily basis. Exposure to violence lowers soft skills and increases risky behaviors.2  

It raises the potential for being a potential perpetrator.3 Children exposed to violence are more likely to have problems in school, or developing... Continue Reading

September 29, 2015

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. November is “Movember” and “No-Shave-November” to raise awareness about men’s health issues.

Observances like these are excellent reminders of the importance of actively paying attention to our health, and the benefits that prevention, healthy habits, and regular doctors visits can have in early identification and treatment of these, and other,... Continue Reading

September 21, 2015

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Recent research shows that one out of three children and two out of three adults struggle with weight issues or obesity.1 One of the best places to fight the battle for family health and win against obesity is in the kitchen. As a dad, you can lead the charge with these power tips for equipping your family with healthy lunches.

Watch out for surprise sodium... Continue Reading
February 09, 2015

Getting your child to smile and laugh is a great feeling as a parent. A big toothy grin feels like a great reward for a funny joke, silly story, or happy moment. Developing early good dental health habits is important in keeping those smiles bright, and prepares your child for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Since 1981, the American Dental Association (ADA) has been celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month to help support... Continue Reading

February 05, 2015

Ed. Note: This blog post was originally posted on the ACF Family Room Blog (see the original post here) as well as in the NRFC DadTalk blog in June 2013.

If you are in need of health insurance coverage, visit HealthCare.Gov by February 15, 2015 to learn more about options and enroll in coverage for 2015.

Although one generally doesn’t think of being a dad or a dad-to-be as a health issue, there’s no question that it is. Just... Continue Reading

February 02, 2015

They are words no father wants to hear. They never come out as a statement, but a groan, a plea to get you to make whatever it is that has caused this uncomfortable feeling to stop and go away.  Here are some quick tips from Flu.gov on ways to recognize flu symptoms, ways to tell if that terrible feeling is the flu or a cold, and ways to prevent the flu in you and your children.

Flu symptoms include:

A 100oF or higher fever or... Continue Reading
January 29, 2015

Ed. Note: This blog post originally appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

After I graduated from college, I started lifting weights as a hobby. Now it helps me release stress. I enjoy doing it. I enjoy competing. It makes me feel good about myself.

Pound for pound, I was the strongest in my gym. I was bench pressing 315 pounds. Then I started feeling pain in my left shoulder. But I didn’t have... Continue Reading

March 19, 2014

Did you know that: (1)

men visit their doctor less often than women?  men get tested for fewer illnesses than women? men visit their dentist less frequently than women? even though men have a better chance of being diagnosed with cancer than women, they are still less likely to go to the doctor and receive a lifesaving early diagnosis than their female counterparts?  Some reports even suggest that at least 40 percent of men in their 40s... Continue Reading