Dr. Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM gave EmpowHER readers some tips women need to know to keep the men in their lives healthy, especially during the winter.
Many men aren’t always on top of things when it comes to their health. Often, it's the women in their lives who tune in to their health problems first.
Stoler is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, and expert consultant in nutrition and healthful living. She is also the author of "Living Skinny in Fat Genes: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great," and the host of TLC's "Honey We're Killing The Kids!"
Why do women need tips on how to keep our men healthy? Can't the men do it themselves?
Dr. Felicia Stoler:
Women, by nature, are caregivers. We are accustomed to going to doctors regularly – whether it be for our kids or ourselves (and perhaps taking our parents or grandparents). For many women, taking care of the home, food, and activities falls under their purview.
So, when it comes to food ... the ladies can ensure better choices are available ... use good ingredients. We can keep the pantry AND even the medicine cabinet stocked with goodies the whole family can use.
Men seem to brush off their health concerns ... whether it’s “denial” or simply a matter of machismo. There has been the stereotype of the man who doesn’t like to ask for directions ... well, many men just don’t like to ask for help.
In lieu of waiting for your guy to ask, be ready! According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, women make 80 percent of all health care decisions.
Are men more at risk for health-related issues in the winter?
Dr. Felicia Stoler:
We are all “at risk” all the time, but especially during the winter months, there are some things to consider.
First, holiday weight gain ... let’s face it; there is a reason why people make New Years’ Resolutions about health – specifically about weight and exercise.
Men are just as guilty for packing on some extra weight during the holidays.