Your checklist for a healthier 2019.
5 ways to plan for a great year.
The new year offers a fresh start — a time to think about being at our healthiest.
We’re here to help! Here are 5 positive steps for getting up to date on preventive care and protecting your health.
You can use them to create your own checklist for a healthier 2019. Once you make your list, you’ll be ready to start checking those boxes!
1. Schedule a wellness visit.
Regular checkups with a primary care provider (PCP)* may help you stay well now — and protect your future health too.
2. Ask my doctor what screenings may be right for me.
Certain screenings may be recommended for you.** They may help detect diseases early — and might even save your life. For example, your doctor can advise you on testing for:
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- High blood pressure
3. Get any shots I am missing.
A yearly flu shot is recommended for most people. Ask your doctor what other vaccines may be right for you. A bonus: When you’re fully immunized, you help protect your family and friends from illness too.
4. Know what a healthy weight is for me.
You might start here: Check your body mass index (BMI).Opens a new window Keep in mind that factors such as age and muscle mass can influence BMI. So if you have concerns about your number, talk with your doctor.
To help you stay on track, ask your doctor to record your height, weight and BMI on a yearly basis.
5. Make sure I have up-to-date treatment plans.
Are you living with a chronic disease, such as diabetes, asthma or high blood pressure? Talk with your doctor about your current treatment plan. Ask any questions you have. If you’re having trouble with any part of your plan, don’t hesitate to speak up.
*Depending on your benefit plan, selection of a primary care physician may be required. Be sure to check your plan for specific coverage details.
**Check your benefit plan to see what services may be covered.
Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; American Academy of Family Physicians; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institutes of Health
Certain preventive care services, including immunizations, are provided as specified by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), with no cost-sharing to you. Some plans may require copayments, deductibles and/or coinsurance for these benefits. Always review your plan documents to determine your specific coverage.