Fathers can influence their children’s health behaviors more than they may realize. This research brief provides information and resources to help fathers improve their own health and well-being, and the health and well-being of their children. Specifically, the brief focuses on healthy eating and sleeping habits, and provides tips for healthy physical activity. These healthy lifestyle habits can lower fathers’ and children’s risk of becoming overweight or obese and reduce the risk of developing other diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or cancer. Other benefits include improved mental health and mood and increased chances for living longer. This brief also highlights how fathers can take advantage of the preventive services provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to promote their health and the health of their children. (Author abstract)
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