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ERIC STEVENSON: MAINTAINING LONG TERM AND SHORT TERM HEALTH FOR YOUR FAMILY

I wanted to punch my dad in the gut. It was 5am. I was fifteen. The sun wasn’t even out yet. But he had gotten it into his crazy head that it was the perfect time to drag my brother and I out of bed for a run.

I still remember jogging along, half asleep, and furious. I thought he was just being annoying back then. But now I see that he was trying to be a good father. You see, my dad wouldn't let anything stop us from exercising, not even my laziness. He made being healthy a priority. As dads, you should watch out for long term issues like diabetes and obesity, of course. But you should also keep an eye out for less obvious health hazards that can be caused by household toxins: asbestos and lead.

Older homes were built using asbestos, a fire-resistant mineral used I dry wall and insulation. When inhaled, the asbestos fibers can cause a deadly lung cancer. Mesothelioma symptoms are subtle and include shortness of breath and heaviness in the chest area. Because of a 20-50 year la…