Keeping Tabs on Your Health: What, When and Why!

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Do you procrastinate when it comes to scheduling necessary medical checkups?

Do you even know what exams and tests you should have, when you should have them and why they are important?

Keeping yourself healthy is important for everyone…but especially for parents who need to be there for their children on a daily basis.

Before we get any further into 2011, why not think about scheduling a visit with your doctor.

I try to schedule my routine annual physical around my birthday every year.  This helps me to remember that another year has gone by and it is time to make sure everything is ok.  Going to your family doctor for this is probably a good idea.  Based on the results of that checkup, you will know if you need to see any specialists or have any other tests.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has several websites that provide a wealth of information on this subject.

1.   www.healthfinder.gov

Guides and tools for healthy living.

2.   www.medlineplus.gov 

Gives health information from government agencies and health organizations, plus a medical encyclopedia.

3.   www.healthfinder.gov/prevention

Helps you make healthful food choices.

4.   www.ahrrq.gov/ppip/healthywom.htm

Important information for women of all ages regarding what tests to have and when to have them.

 

In addition to getting checkups on a regular basis, we need to follow through with taking any prescribed medications, stay hydrated, move at least 30 minutes a day (dance, walk, jog, climb stairs), eat quality foods, find at least a few minutes every day to de-stress (meditate, take a bubble bath, read a chapter in a good book) and last, but certainly not least, get enough sleep!  How much is enough?  Probably more than you are getting.   Researchers have now made the connection between lack of sleep and obesity in children and the dramatic rise in juvenile diabetes. 

So please…check your calendar to see when you had your last checkup.  If it’s time, don’t put it off.  And, if something is bothering you, don’t wait…make an appointment and get it checked out.  Worrying about something doesn’t make it go away…it just adds to the stress in your life.

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