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Talk to Dad About Health for Father's Day

Talk to Dad About Health for Father's Day



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Keith McCord ReportingGotten your gift for dad yet? This Sunday is Father's Day, you know. If you really love dad, you'll avoid the traditional gifts. Who needs another pair of socks, or a tie, or a gift card? This year you can do something different, so that dad will be around for years to come.

So what does dad want this weekend? Book stores and newspapers are full of ads and articles with suggestions.

  1. Pamper dad with a special meal
  2. How about a new gas grill
  3. Or a new "Razr"-- which in this case is a cell phone. Andy Peiffer, MD: "Sit down with dad, and ask him if he's been to the doctor recently." That's doctor Andy Peiffer, Medical Director of the Men's Health Center in Salt Lake. Dr. Peiffer: "Men are notorious for ignoring their health." So, he says, why not use Father's Day as an occasion to remind dad-- and all men-- to focus on their health? That means getting those age-appropriate screenings--colonoscopy, prostate exam, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes tests. Peiffer says many of his patients haven't seen a doctor for years; and statistics show that 60 percent of men age 60 have not had a colonoscopy. Dr. Peiffer: "So the message is, sit down with dad and make sure he's looking after his health. Because you want him to be around." If dad is up-to-date on his check-ups, you could then go with the tie routine. And Utah's Krispy Kreme stores have a bunch of them. They're having an ugly tie contest. There's probably something in there that you could get really cheap for dear old dad! And the winner gets a year's supply of donuts. It's all the more reason to make sure your health is good.

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