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    Father's Day Health and Fitness Gifts

    A good Father's Day gift can encourage good health -- and still be fun too.

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    Many older men wind up needing to wear glasses permanently. An unfortunate side effect is that many stop bothering with sunglasses, since they just can't see well with their old pair anymore. So to make bright summer days easier on your dad -- and to protect his eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays -- treat him to the pair of prescription sunglasses that he'd never buy himself.

    As men get older, some come to feel like that they've kept important aspects of their personality secret from everyone, says Reed Schimmelfing, MSW, a therapist practicing in Northampton, Mass.

    "A lot of guys just have never been comfortable talking about anything deeper than baseball," says Schimmelfing, who specializes in treating men and boys. "But once they reach a certain age, they start wanting to express some of these things they've kept hidden." So Schimmelfing suggests that an ideal Father's Day gift could be a blank book or journal. Ask your dad to fill it.

    Spending Time Together

    Brott and Schimmelfing both urge people to think outside of the usual Father's Day mind-set. You don't have to follow the herd of early June shoppers to the mall. Instead, spending some time with your dad could be the best and healthiest gift you could give.

    "Maybe this sounds like I'm trying to be cheap," says Brott, "but I think it's nice to give a gift that's something you can do together, rather than a gift that's just for him. It stresses the connection between a father and his child, which is what Father's Day is supposed to be about."

    "Buy him a ticket to a special event, like a baseball game or a Bruce Springsteen concert," says Rob Okun, a psychotherapist and co-director of the 22-year-old Men's Resource Center in Amherst, Mass. But make sure you take care of the details. "He shouldn't have to drive, park, or figure anything out," Okun says.

    It doesn't have to be an exciting night out. Something simple might work equally well. Just do something that your dad likes doing.

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