Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21st, and while it can be hard to think of great gift ideas, we’ve got you covered.
As we mentioned previously, Type 2 diabetes and several other health conditions disproportionately impact men. While you might be thinking to order your Dad or husband the usual gift basket of chocolates, there are some other diabetes-friendly gifts that offer a healthier alternative.
Here are our top 6 Father’s Day gift ideas for 2020:
- Medical ID Bracelet.
This is a great way to show you care about his health even as the years pass. These bracelets can be personalized with engravings on the front and back.
- Buy him a yoga class, or several!
Yoga has tremendous health benefits for Type 2. As you know, changes in lifestyle can greatly reduce symptoms and how much the illness impacts daily life. Many yoga poses involve deep breathing exercises which put the mind and body at ease. Unmanaged stress and lack of physical activity can make energy crashes, fatigue, and swings in glucose levels more common. Yoga can offer a time to reflect on choices made throughout the day, so any Dad can stay on a healthy track.
- Cook a diabetes-friendly brunch.
When eating out, there are infinite tempting choices and also no way to control the ingredients in your food. Plus, what’s more heartfelt than cooking at home? Invite your Dad over to your house for some Eggs and Sausage-Sweet Potato Hash with your family. Everyone will love it!
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 pound turkey sausage links, casings removed
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 2 medium apples, sliced
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- Pinch of salt
- Cook sausage and sweet potatoes in a frying pan over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink. Using a wooden spoon, break up the sausage into crumbles.
- Add cranberries, sliced apples, pecans, and a pinch of salt. Stir, and remove from the pan.
- Clean skillet, spray with cooking spray and cook an egg on low heat until cooked through. Serve on top of the hash. Optional garnish: chopped scallions and salsa.
- Fitness Tracking Watch.
These can track everything from calories burned, to sleep, to blood pressure and are a great way to encourage him to meet health goals at any age.
- Take him on a walk.
What’s a better way to show your Dad or loved one how much he means to you than to spend some quality time together? Not only will this give you time to talk and catch up, but light cardiovascular exercise like walking is a great way to help weight management and reduce insulin resistance. Most health experts recommend walking for older individuals especially because it’s easier on joints. Try to encourage your Dad or husband to walk for 30 minutes 4x a week.
- Compression socks.
What holiday is complete without socks? Many with diabetes experience dry, itchy skin, especially on the feet. Father’s Day is a great time to spoil him with something useful, like comfy, cushiony socks!
- Take him for a round of golf.
Who doesn’t want to get outside by now? Golf is another great low-impact sport that gets the entire body moving. If golf isn’t for you, consider a driving range or put put.
Happy Fathers Day from CuraLife Team!