When was the last time you had a check-up? Annual well-visits are an important part of maintaining your health. When you schedule a well-visit, your provider gives you a complete “once over” to make sure you are in good health and taking the appropriate measures to prevent disease.
Think of your provider as your health partner: be open and honest when answering questions about your body and lifestyle – what you eat and drink, how often you exercise and if you ever use drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Your provider will use your answers to develop a prevention plan that includes screenings and vaccines based on your age, family history and any other medical considerations.
Together, you can set realistic goals for living a healthier life. It’s also a good opportunity to talk about any health questions or issues you might have. Prepare your questions and talking points ahead of time to make sure you get the answers you need and the appropriate care. Do your part to prevent disease and be well.