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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
August 10, 2015

Like so many other children, 6-year-old Etan Patz walked to school on the morning of May 25, 1979 but unlike many others, he never made it. Etan had gone missing and there was no national support to help look for him. Two years later, when my brother, Adam Walsh, also six years old, was abducted from a retail store in South Florida. There was still no regional or national response system in place to help search for Adam; however, the immense... Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Summer vacation. The words still bring a feeling of joy to thousands of kids (and former kids). No class. No homework. It’s the dream. 

Summer vacation, for parents, may bring feelings of panic and anxiety.  No regular child care. No pre-scheduled afterschool activities.  There are many real and challenging aspects to planning for the summer (visit the ACF Office of Child Care website for help in connecting to child care resources),... Continue Reading

April 20, 2015

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

This month we focus on the health disparities faced by racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Leading the effort at HHS is the Office of Minority Health, which oversees a campaign to advance health equity along with key resources and initiatives such as the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate... Continue Reading

April 13, 2015

I recently joined my colleagues Frank Blaney and Bridgid Conn, along with Joe Jones from the Center for Urban Families and Tiffaney Parkman from the University of Baltimore, in an NRFC webinar discussion about fathers and mental health.

Research shows that one in five adult Americans will experience a mental health problem this year, but only 38 percent are likely to get treatment. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study... Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

“Being bullied is not a rite of passage,” said David Miller, NRFC Social Media Manager and Urban Leadership Institute Co-Founder. “We, as fathers, need to regularly demonstrate to our children that all people are to be treated with respect.” The December 2014 NRFC Webinar, How can fathers address bullying issues with their children?, provided concrete ways to recognize if a child is being bullied and how fathers can help prevent or end... 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