Annual Health Check

by Dr. Regina Campbell

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Mahatma Gandhi

doctors1First and far most important the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many women are contending with this disease. We must honor their courage and fight. Here’s to all the women that have taught us how to win and exemplify bravery at its highest. I salute your bravery and strength. Cancer has not only impacted women but it has impacted men as well.

To detect any abnormity in our body, getting a checkup yearly is important. Obtaining yearly checkups and knowing your family medical history are two crucial aspects of your health. Some health related issues are generational meaning that a specific health issues are prevalent in particular families for this purpose when you go to the doctor you are asked a series of questions regarding your family’s medical history. This information gives the doctor valuable information about your health and proclivities.

According to the National Institutes of Health the purpose of an annual checkup is:
• Screen for diseases
• Assess risk of future medical problems
• Encourage a healthy lifestyle
• Update vaccinations
• Maintain a relationship with a health care provider in case of an illness

Thus your health is paramount to you having the ability to fulfill your purpose and achieve your goals. Remember just because you feel or look good doesn’t mean that you’re healthy. Often health problems can’t be detected initially so take the necessary precaution of getting a physical. Some common ways to obtaining good health is eating healthy, getting ample amount of rest, not consuming tobacco or an abundance of alcohol.

Also keeping your stress level down and laughing is good medicine for the soul. According to health “Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.” So go ahead and don’t take yourself too seriously and laugh often.

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