According to Wikipedia, a New Year's resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.
Some New Year’s resolutions involve kicking a bad habit or maybe adopting a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise. Why not try something new this year and take the first month of the year to schedule regular checkups and preventive screenings with your primary care physician?
Preventative care and screening checklist
Preventive care includes health services like screenings, check-ups, and patient counseling that are used to prevent illnesses, disease, and other health problems, or to detect illness at an early stage when treatment is likely to work best. Getting the recommended preventive services and making healthy lifestyle choices are key steps to good health and well-being.
Use this preventative screening checklist as your wellness and screening guide to the new year.
• Pap test
• Pelvic exam
• Prostate exam
• Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test
• Cholesterol screening every 4–6 years
Everyone (65-plus/or Medicare Eligible
• Annual Wellness Visit
Everyone (all ages)
• Annual flu shot
• Blood pressure screening
• Complete physical exam
Be sure to talk with your doctor about specific recommendations as they relate to your age, health and family history.
Primary care provider importance
Primary care can include the specialties of internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, geriatrics/gerontology, and general obstetrics and gynecology. Your provider may be a physician or a nurse practitioner or physician assistant supported by a physician. An established relationship with these providers can help you navigate the health-care landscape.
Building this strong relationship with your primary care provider may result in major health benefits like:
• Prevention or early detection of illness and health issues
• More accurate diagnoses
• Ongoing monitoring and attention to chronic health conditions
• Prompting and education regarding routine and necessary screenings
• Lower costs
• Fewer hospital stays and Emergency Room visits
• Improved quality of care, which could mean you may live longer
If you don’t have a primary care physician, we’ll help you find one at Fisher-Titus. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 419-660-2900.
Gregory Grant is the chief medical officer of Fisher-Titus Medical Care. He is board certified in family medicine and practices at Fisher-Titus Family Medicine, 2114 Ohio 113 in Milan.