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4 Ways to Drop the Dad Bod

The dad bod is real: According to a recent study, men put on weight when they become fathers and continue packing on pounds over the years.

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You may not get accurate blood pressure readings when you use kiosks found in public places such as pharmacies, grocery stores, and airports, warns the FDA. Blood pressur cuffs come in different sizes, and it’s important for an accurate reading that you use the right size for you. Most kiosks have just one fixed-sized cuff, and if a cuff doesn’t fit your arm properly, you’ll get an inaccurate reading.

Drinking plenty of water helps boost your metabolism, reduce your hunger, and increase your energy level. If you find water flavorless, the American Council on Exercise suggests two ways to give it a flavor boost. Muddle some fresh mint leaves in the bottom of your glass or water bottle—the essential oils in the mint will help energize your body and brain. Or buy a water bottle with an infuser insert and fill it with berries.

Fewer than 15 percent of men use sunscreen regularly when they’re outdoors for more than an hour, reports the CDC. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun causes most cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Men should take precautions, including wearing dark-colored hats made of tightly woven fabric such as canvas (not straw) and applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, even on cloudy or cool days.