7 ways to give your dad a happy and healthy Father’s Day

Forget socks and jocks, the greatest gift you can give your dad is the keys to a longer, healthier and happier life.

A good Father’s Day gift can encourage good health, and still be fun too.

We’ve rounded up some ideas to give the man in your life the celebration he deserves while improving his wellbeing.

Help improve his fitness

Regular physical activity can stave off a host of issues, including cardiovascular disease, weight gain and chronic respiratory disease.

Organise a regular activity together like a bushwalk, having a hit of tennis or a round of golf.

Check in on him

Mental health is among the biggest health issues facing men. In fact, Australian men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women.

Traditionally men have been encouraged to hide their feelings behind a macho façade, but things are changing thanks to initiatives such as Gotcha 4 Life, Movember and R U OK Day.

So take the first step and start the conversation.

Organise a catch-up with his mates

Isolation is a key contributor to poor mental health, and can be particularly problematic for older men who are retired.

Studies show loneliness has been linked to the development of dementia, decreased immune function, poor health behaviours and even premature death.

Support networks are vital, so organise a reunion with some of his old friends or encourage him to join a men’s shed where he can share ideas and skills such as woodwork and metalwork.

Put healthy eating on his plate

Eating well is key to living a quality life and protecting against chronic disease.

Whether your dad has never touched a spatula or is a wannabe MasterChef, it’s never too late to learn a few quick and healthy recipes.

Plus, cooking together is a great way to bond.

Encourage him to get regular health checks

Getting your dad to the GP for a preventative check-up could save his life.

Check-ups help in the early detection of many lifestyle diseases and cancer.

Research shows Australian men are more likely to get sick from serious health problems than women, often due to lack of early intervention.

Boost his brain power

Let dad showcase his competitive side with a family games night featuring favourites like Monopoly, cards and trivia.

One study has revealed playing board games frequently was linked to higher cognitive functioning.

Pack a backyard picnic

Pack some of dad’s favourite food, grab a blanket and head out to your backyard.

Studies show spending more time outdoors improves health and mood and relieves stress.

Getting out in the sun also boosts vitamin D levels which is vital considering more than 30 per cent of Australian adults are deficient.

Written by Bianca Carmona.