Have You Had Your Annual Health Screening?

January 16, 2015

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If you can’t remember the last time you saw your primary care provider, it’s time to pick up the phone and make an appointment. You may be thinking, “But I’m not sick, why should I go to the doctor?” You may not feel sick today, but your lifestyle habits may be taking you down a path that leads to illness, and your primary care provider knows the signs. You owe it to yourself to take the time to learn about your health status, and the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to do so.

Know where you stand. Knowledge really is power when it comes to your health. If you don’t know something is broken, how can you fix it? The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends all adults have an annual weight screening. Why? Maintaining a healthy weight can keep deadly, life-threatening diseases at bay like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Knowing where you stand is the first step to building a healthier lifestyle. It’s never too late to make a change. Start today.

It’s covered by insurance. Your annual weight screening won’t cost you a penny. Most health insurance providers will cover it. All you have to do is show up. You may learn that you are perfectly healthy (great!) or you may learn you have room to improve your health. Either way, your health can only benefit from having a screening, at no cost to you.

Take action. Facing the music by acknowledging you need to make a change is the first step. If your screening reveals you need to make improvements to your lifestyle, the next step is to take action. You don’t have to do it alone; your primary care provider can help. Once you’ve established a starting point, you and your provider can create a personalized plan to get your health back on track and help you reach your weight loss goals. Change is not easy, but it’s worth it. Center for Medical Weight Loss providers specialize in weight loss and can guide you through a variety of science-backed strategies to help you change your lifestyle habits. Find a CMWL provider near you to start losing weight today.

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