PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE
What are preventive services? They are the visits you make to your doctor and tests you have done so you can stay healthy. Your doctor may be able to find a medical problem before you get sick.
Preventive health care is about keeping good health habits and making the right choices. Good habits include:
- Exercise for at least 30-60 minutes on most days of week after your doctor gives the OK. See Healthy Exercise Habits
- Control your weight and lower the amount of fat and cholesterol in your diet
- Eat a well balanced diet. Go to www.choosemyplate.gov
- Do not smoke or chew tobacco. See Quit Smoking Tips
- Do not use street drugs or prescription drugs not prescribed to you
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation
- See your doctor yearly for checkups
- See your dentist to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy
- Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a car
- Wear sunscreen and avoid excess sun exposure
- Get your routine health screening
Preventive services are based on a person’s age and risk factors. You and your doctor can work together to plan how you can have a healthy lifestyle. You may decrease risk factors and prevent disease. You should have a physical exam every year. Don’t wait until you are sick to go to your doctor.
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