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Health department hosts Dads Matter Day on June 18

LANSING, Mich. – Father’s Day is arriving a day early for 50 local dads, who will be treated to a day at the ballpark with their families. Dads Matter Day underscores the importance of fatherhood and men’s health by combining family fun with health resources.

Who: The Ingham County Health Department’s Strong Start, Health Start Fatherhood Initiative is hosting the event in partnership with New Young Fathers, Stepping Up Together, WATCH Dogs, Strong Fathers, Lansing Housing Commission, Michigan Public Health Institute, Ingham Infant Mortality Coalition, South Side Community Coalition, Men Making A Difference, and Strength II Be.

What: Participating families will receive free admission to the Lansing Lugnuts game, listen to a keynote message delivered by Randall Hester from WATCH Dogs and Fathers for Life, enjoy complimentary concessions, and access health information. Dads can also get an on-site blood pressure screening.

When: Saturday, June 18, 7-10 p.m

Where: Cooley Law Stadium located at 505 E Michigan Avenue in Lansing

Why: “The purpose of the event is two-fold,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County Health Officer. “First, fathers play a critical role in their children’s lives. Dads’ involvement has been shown to improve kids’ health and well-being. Second, we want fathers to make their own health a priority. By forming healthy habits, dads reap many benefits and set a great example for their children.”

Details: The media will be granted access to the stadium and are invited to attend and interview staff and guests.

Background: The event coincides with Father’s Day weekend and National Men’s Health Week. This is the second annual Dads Matter Day. This event is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant #H49MC24118 (Ingham Healthy Start).