Encouraging friends and family to make an appointment for a checkup or screening is a great way to help someone you care about.
Many of us disregard the importance of regular checkups. Some of us avoid doctor visits out of fear and others simply because it’s not part of our routine. When your loved one puts off seeing the doctor, a small health problem can become a more serious one. And some of the most serious health issues don’t always have obvious symptoms.
You may be the one person who can convince your loved one to go to the doctor. Give it a try.
Often just by asking some basic questions about diet and lifestyle and running some quick tests, a doctor can assess someone’s health and well-being. The doctor may be able to suggest behaviors or treatments to dramatically lower the risk of serious health problems.
The wait times at the doctor’s office can vary greatly depending on the doctor and the day. But isn’t the health of your loved ones and friends worth one to three hours of your time? Besides, that’s what the magazines in the waiting room are for. And good health is always worth the investment.
It’s important for people of all ages to see a doctor regularly. People age 50 and over should see a doctor at least once a year.
African-Americans face a higher risk of some serious health conditions, including diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, asthma and obesity.
Who can do this?
Anyone who has a big heart! And of course, everyone who has a loved one who might benefit from a doctor visit.
Great Reasons to do this Project
- Help your loved one learn what he or she needs to do to get and stay healthy.
- Reassure the whole family about your loved one's health.
- Use this as a reminder to see the doctor yourself
- You might save a loved one's life!