Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta on Saturday urged fathers to ditch bad health habits this Father's Day and adopt a healthy approach toward life for the benefit of their families.
Smoking, chewing betel nut and heavy drinking have been identified as causes of diseases like cancer and cardiovascular illnesses, Chiu said at an event held in Taipei to promote healthy living and physical fitness ahead of Father's Day on Aug. 8.
"Breaking bad habits and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the keys to keeping diseases at bay," the minister said.
In addition, Chiu urged fathers at the event to exercise regularly and undergo regular routine physical examinations to ensure good health.
Fai Hrong-tai, a Kuomintang lawmaker attending the event, said that being a role-model dad means breaking bad habits such as smoking cigarettes.
Health is closely linked to happiness, especially the happiness of a family, he added.
Volunteers at the event, organized by the Taipei City Women's Association and Taipei Medical University Hospital, provided free cancer screenings and lectures on healthy cooking and living.
(By Nancy Liu)