Dad’s big day is just around the corner. This year, Father's Day falls on June 17. Dads can get a bad rap when it comes to health, but here at Healthy Living we know fathers who are exceptionally healthy -- the men who taught us how to catch (and cook!) our own heart-healthy fish or how to ride a bike.

You've got a couple of weeks left to find the perfect Father's Day gift to tell dad thanks. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite ideas, meant to inspire and encourage the healthy side of your father. Click through the suggestions below, then tell us in the comments how you and your father will be celebrating.

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  • Brain Games

    Help the tech dad put his hours in front of the screen to good use with a gift membership to <a href="http://www.lumosity.com/" target="_hplink">Lumosity</a>. <br><br> The site, developed by neuroscientists, is full of games, exercises and activities to give the brain a workout. A 2008 study found that playing such puzzles can <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/magazine/can-you-make-yourself-smarter.html?pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">boost intelligence and problem-solving skills</a>. The same researchers also showed that in people of an advanced age, similar training can <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19140646" target="_hplink">improve memory</a>. Gift dad a membership for a few months and grant him unlimited access to better brain power.

  • The Perfect Pillow

    A top-quality pillow can be a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-michael-j-breus/sleep-bedroom_b_1455850.html" target="_hplink">pricier investment</a>, but it's worth it when you consider the health effects of not getting top-quality sleep. Skimping on shut-eye can up dad's risk of heart problems, obesity and diabetes, to name a few. Help him catch better winks with the right pillow for his sleeping style with this helpful <a href="http://sleepbetter.org/home/how-to-find-your-new-favorite-pillow/" target="_hplink">how-to guide</a>. <br><br> If dad's a snorer, an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Brookstone-Anti-Snore-Pillow/dp/B002MBBZ0E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338483720&sr=8-1" target="_hplink">anti-snore pillow</a> may be worth a try -- not to mention the ensuing silence <em>could</em> be a gift for more than one person! <br><br> <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Brookstone-Anti-Snore-Pillow/dp/B002MBBZ0E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338483720&sr=8-1" target="_hplink">Photo from Amazon.com</a></em>

  • Grill To Go

    No matter how much -- or how little -- time they like to spend in the kitchen, dads never seem to mind firing up the grill. Which is okay with us, since grilling food can cut down on fat and calories compared to other cooking methods, like frying. With a portable grill, your father can take his healthy eating on the go. We love this <a href="http://www.elementbyfuego.com/index.php/element_portable/#index.php/Summer_Special/" target="_hplink">stylish model from Element by Fuego</a>, complete with a handy shoulder strap. Or, opt for a more <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-9940-A55-Roadtrip-Party-Grill/dp/B000051TSC/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1338485531&sr=8-11" target="_hplink">budget-friendly pick from Coleman</a>. <br><br> <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-9940-A55-Roadtrip-Party-Grill/dp/B000051TSC/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1338485531&sr=8-11" target="_hplink">Photo from Amazon.com</a></em>

  • A Lunch Makeover

    Encourage dad to bring his lunch to work with an adults-only lunchbox that's decidedly not girly. We love this <a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/upcycled-tent-lunch-bag" target="_hplink">handmade, recycled pick from Uncommon Goods</a>. Not only will he save money but he'll also have better control over what he eats during the day. Worried he won't know where to start? Pair a fun, dad-friendly cookbook with the tote, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Cook-This-Awesome-350-Calorie-Meals/dp/1605291471/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338484664&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">"Cook This, Not That!"</a> <br><br> <em><a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/upcycled-tent-lunch-bag" target="_hplink">Photo from Uncommon Goods</a></em>

  • A Garden Seat

    Gardening and other yard work that falls to dads, like mowing the lawn, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/memorial-day-chores-calories_n_1543691.html#s=1018494" target="_hplink">can burn over 300 calories an hour</a>, but all that crouching and stooping can be tough on his back. Encourage him to stick with his outdoor activities with a convenient <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Picnic-Time-5-Piece-Garden-Folding/dp/B000FTGIAM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1338484964&sr=8-3" target="_hplink">folding garden seat</a>. This model even comes with some crucial tools, if it's time to replace his. <br><br> <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Picnic-Time-5-Piece-Garden-Folding/dp/B000FTGIAM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1338484964&sr=8-3" target="_hplink">Photo from Amazon.com</a></em>

  • Healthy Treats

    We love the idea of a health-themed gift basket, like this <a href="http://wellbaskets.com/hefadaygiba.html" target="_hplink">heart-healthy collection</a> that includes low-fat, high-fiber treats. <br><br> But you can just as easily make dad a healthy basket all your own. Some suggestions: Almonds, dark chocolate, gourmet olive oil, kernels for air-popped popcorn and even red wine! <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goblinbox/7000844806/" target="_hplink">goblinbox</a></em>

  • Fun Glasses

    Father's Day falls just before the start of summer. With the warmer temps comes a higher risk of dehydration, which can carry serious side effects, particularly as we age. Encourage dad to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/drinking-water-week-more-water_n_1474999.html" target="_hplink">drink his daily H2O</a> with fun glasses, like this <a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/bicycle-glasses-set-of-8" target="_hplink">fitness-inspired set</a> from Uncommon Goods. <br><br> <em><a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/bicycle-glasses-set-of-8" target="_hplink">Photo from Uncommon Goods</a> </em>

  • Personal Training Sessions

    There's some serious science behind the idea that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/life-expectancy-exercise_n_1497665.html" target="_hplink">exercise just might be the fountain of youth</a>. Of course, you want dad to stick around as long as possible, but what if he's not familiar with the ins and outs of the gym? Sign him up for a few sessions with a personal trainer who can show him the ropes. Then encourage him to stick with it by planning a workout you can do together.

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