Your Health
What to Know
The health of our nation’s men is in crisis! On balance, men are far and away worse off than women when it comes to health outcomes.
Think about these facts. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Your physical, emotional, and spiritual health affects your ability to become the best dad you can be.
  • Men live an average of five years less than do women.
  • The death rate for men (per 100,000) is higher than women for 9 of the 10 leading causes of death, including suicide (nearly 4 times higher for men).
  • 92 percent of work-related deaths strike men.
  • Men die from drug overdoses at a rate of 18.3 (per 100,000) compared to 11.1 for women.
  • 70 percent of deaths from alcohol are among men.
  • More men than women use alcohol, binge drink, and drink heavily.
  • More men than women are obese.
The picture of health for men of color is worse than it is for white men.
  • The life expectancy for black men is 7 years less than it is for white men.
  • The death rate for black men is higher than the death rate for American men of other races and ethnicities.
  • Compared with white men, Hispanic and Native American men lose more years of potential life to chronic liver disease or cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, and homicide.
  • The death rate, however, for white men, from all causes combined, is higher than it is for any other racial or ethnic group, except for black men.
What does this crisis have to do with being a dad? A lot!
The time that your children have with you can be cut short if you die from poor health. And the time you spend with your children can compete with unhealthy behavior, such as if you abuse alcohol or drugs. Many men deny the signs of poor health. They think it’s a sign of weakness to seek help for their health. This denial can lead men to avoid help for so long that, by the time they seek help, it’s often too late to reverse illness.
Don’t be one of those men.
It’s vital that you assess your health. If you’re in poor health in any way, take action now to improve it. If you haven’t had a check-up in a while, schedule one right away.
If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your children.
What Else
Learn the basics of taking care of your physical health, and make them habits.
Reduce your stress.
Balance work and family life.
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Join a community of faith.
Join or start a support group or network for dads.
Go to the doctor for yearly check-ups and when sick.
What to Ask
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How well do I care for my physical health? When was the last time I had a check-up?
Have I had physical problems for a while, such as aches and pains, that won’t go away and that I should get checked out?
What is the health history of my family, both on my mom and dad’s sides? What does this history tell me I should watch out for, such as heart disease or cancer?
Do I have a lot of stress in my life? Do I always feel stressed out? Do I deal with my stress in unhealthy ways, such as drink alcohol or become angry and yell at family members?
How can I reduce my stress in healthy ways? Do I need to do a better job at balancing work and family?
Get Inspired
Watch this brief video from Jose Espada.
Learn More
1. Work Out.
2. Eat Right.
3. Treat Your Body Well.
4. Learn to Relax.
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Use these 15 tips to reduce your stress and care for your health.
5. Get Enough Sleep.
6. Be Flexible.
7. Build Self-Worth.
8. Get Real.
9. Be Happy.
10. Laugh and Have Fun.
11. Get Rid of Clutter.
12. Leave Work at Work.
13. Spend Time with Friends.
14. Volunteer.
15. Find a Hobby.
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