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The Importance of Being an Involved Father

This weekend we celebrate our fathers! Being a father is the most important role a man can have. They have a great responsibility to raise their children to be the best they can be. With it being Men’s Health Month and the end of Men’s Health Week, we want to help all of our dads (and future dads) out there be the best role model for their kids.

The making of a good father:

Being a father is hard work! But, it’s one of life’s greatest joys. A good father has many qualities which include:

Love: Always show love towards children and spouse.  Country-Father-And-Son

Patience: It takes a lot of patience to manage family, home and work life all at the same time.

Communication: Make time to talk to your children and get to know them.

Stability: Supporting a family through financial means creates stability. Stability within a family reduces stress and creates a positive atmosphere within the home.

Leading: Provide guidance and take advantage of teaching opportunities when problems arise for your children.

Honesty: Create a bond of trust between you and your kids so they feel comfortable discussing problems in their lives.

Loyalty: Stand by your children and spouse  through the good and bad times.

Benefits of a good father:

Children with involved fathers have a decreased chance of psychological distress, are more likely to be successful in school, are typically more likely to take an active role in the raising of their own kids, and are more likely to physically develop properly.  However, not all the benefits revolve around the child as the mother and father benefit emotionally and physically through their support for one another, leading to a stronger family relationship.

Here are some tips on how to set a healthy example for your children:

  • Leave work at workhappy_father_and_son
  • Create a routine
  • Do a weekly activity together
  • Play with your child (children learn a lot through play)
  • Work as a team with your partner
  • Support your child emotionally and physically

As you can see, dads are important! Take time this weekend to show appreciation to the fathers in your life. Encourage healthy habits, and support them in their successes. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information concerning healthcare, insurance, and more.

Happy Father’s Day, dads!

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10 Reasons Men Avoid the Doctor: No More Excuses!

During Men’s Health Month, our goal is to encourage men to visit medical professionals in an effort to stay Athlete Eating an Applehealthy. Men think they’re tough, and as insurance agents we’ve heard all the excuses as to why they aren’t getting checked. When it comes to your health, there is no room for excuses.  It’s important not just for the individual, but loved ones as well. Scroll through our list of why men don’t get checked. Sound familiar?

“I don’t have a doctor”– Finding a trustworthy doctor can be very simple, checking with your insurance company can be a good source.  At Anderson Thornton Consultants, the MAPS program appoints medical professionals to assist you with any medical treatments you may need.

“I don’t have insurance”– If you don’t have insurance then you can always get a free quote online at our website.

“There’s probably nothing wrong”– While you may be correct, you’re most likely not a doctor.  It’s very important to consult a professional, as most conditions are easy to resolve early on.

“I don’t’ have time”– Spending an hour or two receiving medical care could greatly increase the amount of time you’re healthy. You wouldn’t want to miss out on watching the game with your buddies all because you didn’t go to your check-up, would you?

“I don’t want to spend the money”– Similar to the previous point, it’s better to spend the money now (when you’re not in the hospital) than to spend thousands when you’re in the hospital.  Being in the hospital is bad enough, take necessary precautions to prevent this from happening to you.

“Doctors don’t do anything”– It is not the doctor’s job to perform a miracle and make you healthy.  The doctor is there to provide you with the necessary knowledge and guidance to become healthy.younger guy visiting doctor

“I don’t want to hear what the doctor has to say”– Maybe you have bad habits that have resulted in negative health effects.  Your doctor can assist you with this. Don’t be surprised if he tells you to skip out on ice cream before bed.

“But, that sounds really uncomfortable”–  While most men don’t look forward to a prostate exam, as it is rather invasive, it’s imperative to a their health. To learn more about the prostate and other related issues check out our prostate guide.

“I’d rather tough it out”– While it may seem like the “manly” thing to do, it is not the healthy thing to do.  If living a long life is important to you, get checked!  Besides, real men get checked.

“But, honey I don’t need to go”– If your significant other is already pushing you to see your doctor give in and stay healthy!

Now, you’re out of excuses! Start your journey towards health today.

Check out Men’s Health Network for more information on staying healthy!


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June is Men’s Health Month

Welcome to Men’s Health Month!

During the month of June we will be celebrating the men in our lives by promoting health and wellness. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. As a company, we want to take this opportunity to raise awareness within the Tampa community and encourage men to have regular checkups and to seek early treatment for disease and injury. We want our men to stay strong and healthy!

As part of Men’s Health Month, we at Anderson Thornton Consultants have planned a “WWear Blue Dayear BLUE Day” here in the office. On Monday, June 15, everyone in our office will be decked out in blue! We encourage all of our clients and friends to do the same. Wear BLUE was created by Men’s Health Network to raise awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives. It’s an easy way to show your support for a great cause.

We’ll be using the hashtag: #showusyourblue all month long. So join the cause and encourage the men in your life to get checked and live healthy! And, if you want to show your support by planning fun activities in your community visit menshealthmonth.org for more information.