4 Reasons to Keep Dad Healthy All Year

By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

We spend all day on Father’s Day focusing on the important men in our life, but that shouldn’t end Monday morning! Make your husband, dad, brother and/or son always feel special by taking a moment to highlight how important and powerful consuming a plant-based diet can be for their health.

For my entire life, my dad has eaten a salad with dinner every single night.  At 66 he is healthy, active and able to get down on the ground to play with his grandchildren.  In the summer, the veggies for his nightly salad come straight out of our garden.  My amazing husband, Russ enjoys a very active lifestyle and a plant-based diet, setting a good example for our 2 sons, Cooper & Dillon, who also love veggies and of course making smoothies & juice!

Men in our culture often get a bad rap for not being health conscious. There’s a billboard from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promoting regular check-ups right next to Fenway Park (where the Boston Red Sox play baseball) saying that “Every Year Thousands of Men Will Die from Stubbornness.” In fact there are ads everywhere proclaiming that to be masculine means you must eat huge steaks or burgers and fries all the time! And that salads are somehow only for girls and being vegetarian.

Well, good news is that times are changing and many ads and more importantly men are shifting gears.  We get to see in Joe’s film “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” how helpful adopting a plant based diet including juice was for two of our favorite guys, Joe and Phil.

Here’s a quick look at research that supports just how great fruits, veggies and juice can be for men.

1.) Eating a vegetarian diet may help men live longer with a 12% lower risk of dying compared to those are mainly meat eaters.  The 70,000+ men in this study were less likely to die from all causes and heart disease specifically. Other studies have shown a link in men between vegetarian diets and lower rates of other common chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

2.) Men who drank 5 oz (150 mL) of kale juice for 3 months had a significant reduction in their LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase in HDL (good) cholesterol and higher antioxidant levels in their blood. These men made no other changes to their diet besides drinking kale juice and their weight remained stable. The juice alone was enough to provide important benefits in a short amount of time, highlighting that small changes can make a big difference.

3.) Following a healthy lifestyle, including eating vegetables, during midlife was found to significantly lower the risk of dementia later in life in Japanese-American men.

4.) For men who smoke, eating 3 fresh kiwifruits a day for 8 weeks significantly lowered their blood pressure and made their blood less sticky and clogged (reduced platelet aggregation).

Men make up 30% of the Reboot with Joe Facebook community, while on average 90% of large commercial weight loss customers are female – wow!  Way to go guys!

Rebooting dads across the globe are getting healthy for their kids.  Dads like Joe V, , Izzy O, and Jerry are finding that juicing and eating healthier is giving them the energy they need to get active and participate fully in their children’s lives.

Celebrate the important men in your life all year long!

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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