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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

January 26, 2015

Have you ever talked with your kids about cyberbullying? Some parents don’t know how serious cyberbullying can be, so they don’t talk about it. When I speak with fathers about child safety, I encourage them to include this topic in their conversations.

What is it and why should you care?For fathers who aren’t familiar with cyberbullying, it’s exactly what it sounds like—bullying through technology like cellphones and social media.... Continue Reading

March 24, 2014

What’s in the fridge today can make or break your family’s health (and your credibility as a dad) tomorrow.

Here are a few tips to take the hassle out of grocery shopping while helping you make your entire family healthier with every trip.

1. “Shake” it up.According to USDA’s “10 tips for Healthy Eating for an Active Lifestyle (PDF 474 KB),”

“Variety is great! [You should] get the nutrients your... Continue Reading

March 20, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new health insurance opportunities to millions of Americans. Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) grantees can play a vital role in helping participants and their family members learn how to enroll and get insured to improve their health and well-being. This is a great opportunity for fathers and young men of color who are disproportionately uninsured.

Many HMRF participants and... 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
February 12, 2014

Barbershops in Dothan, Alabama have been buzzing with the news--stronger fathers build stronger communities. Spearheaded by Kris Doss with Healthy You, Inc., this Fall's Fatherhood Buzz brought four local barbershops together to facilitate a conversation between local dads on why staying healthy is so important. Over 175 people came into the four shops during the two-day event to talk and learn about the importance of fatherhood.

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December 02, 2013

Ed. Note: This post first appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

Being a parent is a tough but rewarding job; for single parents the job is a bit tougher, but just as rewarding. Being a single dad means that my two boys are wholly depended upon me and the decisions I make, for better or worse.  Often the default parent for care is mom, but as more and more fathers (self included) become involved in their... Continue Reading

August 13, 2013

There is somebody in your home that removed your video game controller from a drawer on your entertainment system, and is slobbering over it as you read this article. It was so much easier two months ago. When he couldn’t crawl and depended on you for his every move. When she couldn’t stand on her own two feet and wouldn’t start tearing the pages out of your signed Larry Bird memoir on your coffee table. That’s right.Your bundle of joy has... Continue Reading

June 27, 2013

Ed. Note: This Blog post was originally posted on the ACF Family Room Blog. See the original post here.

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 like taking the car in for an oil change or for the 25,000-mile checkup, dads also need to take themselves to the doctor’s office to make sure everything is running smoothly.

However there are still men... Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Ed. note: This article was first published on

As a group, we men are not known for doing a very good job of taking care of our own health.  

National Men’s Health Week, from June 10 through Father’s Day on June 16, is a good time for us to start taking responsibility and doing what’s needed to stay healthy and active. That means eating right, taking the time to exercise, and—yes—talking to our doctors about what... Continue Reading