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December 07, 2016

Ed note: This post originally appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post here.

As the days and nights start to get colder, there are steps you and your family can take to ensure a safer winter.

Keep Temperatures Consistent

Home energy studies show that keeping homes a constant temperature of at least 68 degrees can prevent health and safety-related crises, such as asthma or hypothermia, that may result... Continue Reading

November 14, 2016

November is a great month. For sports fans, baseball, football, hockey, and basketball are all active at the same time (if only for a few days of baseball). For lovers of the outdoors, cool weather and changing leaves in many parts of the country are a great opportunity to take a walk or hike as a family. At the end of the month many families will come together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

November is also a month where we... Continue Reading

August 31, 2016

As the old adage goes, we must hope for the best while still preparing for the worst. Unfortunately, disasters such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods happen all too often in our communities. However, initiatives such as National Disaster Preparedness Month encourage families to put contingency plans in place should emergencies arise. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait, Communicate,” with an emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults,... Continue Reading

June 13, 2016

"Most of you see a barbershop, but I see an opportunity…I can remember going to the barbershop with my dad as a kid.  We went to Mr. Mike’s barbershop every other Saturday, and, like clockwork, the same group of men would be there every time we went, either waiting on their favorite barber or just soaking up the atmosphere…I remember the range of the conversations was immense.  The men would talk about politics and sports and music and world... Continue Reading

January 19, 2016

This time of year, many people are striving to achieve, or remember, their New Year’s resolutions. Many of us set goals to take better care of ourselves and spend more time with those we love. Even with the best intentions these goals can be difficult to juggle with busy schedules and more immediate priorities. In fact, one in every three Americans have abandoned their resolution by the end of January.1  While this statistic may be... 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

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

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

November 18, 2013

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

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 307,225 men in 2009—that’s 1 in every 4 male deaths?1

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) sponsored another Fatherhood Buzz Outreach but this time the focus was Men’s Health. Fathers who model a healthy lifestyle can... Continue Reading