Happy Father’s Day: 8 gifts to bring him joy this year

Father’s Day is observed by over 110 countries around the world celebrating fathers, forefathers and fatherhood! In the USA, the first noted Fathe...

Father’s Day is observed by over 110 countries around the world celebrating fathers, forefathers and fatherhood! In the USA, the first noted Father's Day celebration was held on July 5th 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. It was first celebrated as a church service.  President Lyndon Johnson made Father's Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 1966, though the day was not officially recognized until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon. Shopping for a Father can always have its challenges, especially a father with type 2. We have compiled a list of the top 8 gifts that are fun and healthy whether you are living with type 2 or not. 

1. Donate to Diabetes Awareness 

Donate money to a meaningful charity in your father/husband/brother/friend’s name. Donating money to charities has become a popular gift idea for all kinds of occasions in the last few years. A few top organizations for research, raising awareness and creating events that support people with diabetes are the following: 

You can also search online or in your local community for organizations that you would like to support—this list is just the tip of the iceberg.

2. Stay-at-Home Fitness

He avoided gyms and group exercise this year. But, that doesn’t mean he can’t continue a challenging and engaging fitness routine! Stay-at-home fitness options have become increasingly popular and accessible, making it one of the best times to workout at home! There are a number of monthly subscriptions and new cutting edge at home exercise equipment that range in a number of prices from affordable to expensive (think: smart jump ropes to interactive at home gyms with vivid touchscreen displays).

3. Food Delivery Subscription

Meal delivery subscriptions can give him a more structured and strategic approach to meal planning and healthy eating.  It is a huge time saver, but not unhealthy like fast food can be. A food delivery service gives you the gift of predetermined calories, and portions in every meal, that you can accommodate to your needs. Many of these subscriptions have type 2 friendly menus and are highly customizable

4. Appointment with a Dietician

“RDNs are the food and nutrition experts. They have completed multiple levels of training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Some RDNs are generalists — they have knowledge about a variety of nutrition subjects. Others have a specialty interest or an advanced credential. An RDN who is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, or CDCDES, educates people with diabetes on how to manage their condition and improve their health outcomes.” This would be giving him a gift that keeps on giving.

5. Journal

Journaling is not just a pastime for young girls. People of all ages and backgrounds are finding health benefits in daily journaling. “You may have heard about the positive powers of journaling, from improving memory to boosting creativity. Many people with diabetes already keep a food and activity diary; recording thoughts and feelings in a journal could make it easier to manage other things about diabetes that aren’t as easily measured. Regular journal entries could help pinpoint what’s causing the stress—and whether it’s a one-time thing or part of a pattern—and point the way toward a solution.” Journaling may also help you:

  • Understand your challenges and strengths.
  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings.
  • Solve problems.
  • Recognize successes.
  • Manage information overload.

6. Art Class / Paint Night

Doing a paint night together would be a great family activity on this Father’s Day! Not only is this a fun experience to share in, but taking time to create something can be deeply satisfying and reduce stress levels. Using your strengths to focus your attention on a creative task can be all consuming.  In this way all your thoughts go into the production or this project, and aren’t able to be floating around with anxiety and stress.

One study had participants create art for 45 minutes, and researchers measured their cortisol levels before and after. “Cortisol is a glucocorticoid hormone and one of the most widely studied markers of stress”. Not only did the participants show a reduction in cortisol, but participants also, “found the art-making session to be relaxing, enjoyable, helpful for learning about new aspects of self, freeing from constraints, an evolving process of initial struggle to later resolution, and about flow/losing themselves in the work.” 

7. Fitness Tracker / Pedometer 

Walking 30 minutes a day reduces the risk of many conditions including heart disease, depression, obesity and osteoporosis while also improving our glucose control!  We know that exercise helps our muscles absorb sugar, and daily exercise over time can prevent buildup in our bloodstream. Get him a fitness tracker, they come in a variety of prices and many brands have them. If he isn’t as tech savvy and wants something more simple, a pedometer is a great choice!

8. Teas

According to Medical News Today, “Unsweetened tea or herbal infusions can be a good choice of low-calorie beverage for someone with type 2 diabetes, as the drink does not impact blood sugar levels. They can also help avoid dehydration, which can spike blood sugar levels. Additionally, teas and infusions may contain active compounds with some health benefits that can help control blood sugar levels and lower inflammation.” Get him a tea assortment that is refreshing and healthy for this summer!

Every day, people around the world connect in our active community to share advice, get support, and help each other live healthier fuller lives, despite their chronic conditions. It’s a movement changing lives across the globe. Join the community here. On behalf of our team, happy Father’s Day to you and your loved ones.