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Another reason being a dad rocks: It goes hand in hand with being less susceptible to cardiovascular disease, finds a major new study from Stanford University (researchers think that heart disease may be related to infertility). Here’s how to celebrate Dad’s ticker—and keep it in top shape—during American Heart Month:

Break A Sweat

Three hours of vigorous activity a week can slash a man’s heart attack risk by over 20 percent, says research from the American College of Sports Medicine. And just 30 minutes of physical activity a day (walking, swimming, whatever!) will boost heart health.

Eat Right

Even adults with no other risk factors for heart disease showed signs of atherosclerosis (the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries), says the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. To avoid it: make fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins your family’s diet mainstays.

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