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4 Key Steps to Keep Your Hubby Healthy

by Erin Dower

Let's face it — between working long hours and being a seemingly invincible superdad, the man in your life could use some help staying healthy. Whether your husband seems like the picture of good health or the poster child for unhealthy habits, check out these simple tips and recommended screenings. Getting him on the right track now will help bolster his health in his later years.

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Keeping Your Husband Healthy, Married couple cooking heart healthy meal for mans diet

Patrol His Plate

Does your guy love meat and potatoes? That's okay — just make sure he chooses the right versions. Processed meats, such as hotdogs and deli cold cuts, and fried and fatty potatoes, such as French fries and chips, are bad for his waistline and his heart health. Instead, he should opt for:

  • Lean meats, such as white meat chicken and turkey, and pork tenderloin, and oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and trout
  • Lean red meats (only once or twice a week), such as flank steak, skirt steak, and beef tenderloin, and 90 percent "extra lean" ground beef
  • Baked potatoes with the skin left on for extra fiber
  • Fiber-rich whole-grain pasta and bread, and brown rice

Round out his plate or lunch bag by filling half of it with fruits and vegetables — fresh ones are best. That will help him meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new "My Plate" food guidelines. Print out the "My Plate" graphic to keep on your fridge as a reminder to eat well.

Also, remind him to put down the salt shaker, avoid sugary snacks and soda, and steer clear of heart-clogging partially hydrogenated oils found in many packaged foods. Visit our Food channel for healthy recipes and family nutrition tips.

Next: Keep Him Moving

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