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New Year’s Resolution: Commit to your health with a Wellness Visit

New Year’s Resolution: Commit to your health with a Wellness Visit

Every year, many individuals set resolutions to improve their health. However, did you know that less than 10% of resolution-makers actually follow through on the goals they set in January? Resolutions that are vague or hard to measure—like “getting in shape” or “being healthier”—can be particularly hard for people to maintain. Instead, you may want to consider setting specific, manageable health-related goals that are easy to work towards and achieve.

As you assess your health and goals this year, consider ways to build a routine to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This doesn’t mean you have to transform your diet or start an intense new fitness plan. Instead, start small by committing to scheduling a Wellness Visit.

In addition to visiting your doctor when you are ill or need an exam, routine wellness can play an important role in maintaining your overall health and wellbeing. During a wellness visit, you and your doctor can discuss your health and lifestyle, and determine what goals and plans make the most sense for you. At this visit, your doctor may also examine and test your blood pressure, vision, and body-mass index. These tests allow your doctor to develop a baseline of your health that can be helpful down the road.

Scheduling a wellness visit is the perfect resolution: it’s clear, manageable, and has big benefits for your health. Read on for more info you should know before scheduling your appointment.

How often do I need a wellness visit?

The average person should consider the frequency of their wellness visits by age and health risks. If you are young and healthy, you might only need one visit a year. However, if you have a chronic condition, or if your family history and past medical history warrants it, you may need more frequent care. During your initial wellness visit, ask your doctor about how often you should be seen going forward.

How should I prepare for my visit?

  • Write down your questions in advance so you don’t forget to ask anything important
  • Bring all your health records
  • Prepare a list of current medications and supplements
  • Consider bringing a friend or family member with you as a second set of ears to listen for medical advice from your doctor

What should I do during the exam?

  • Ask about any physical changes, signs, symptoms, or changes in abilities you may be experiencing
  • Inquire about screenings for prostate, breast, and colon
  • Get any needed immunizations
  • Ask for advice on how to improve your health and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Tip: Document your numbers after your exam so that you can compare them at your next appointment

What if I am a Medicare beneficiary?

If you’re a new Medicare beneficiary, it’s common to have what is known as a “Welcome to Medicare Physical.” This one-time preventive physical exam includes a thorough review of your health, as well as education about the services you may need to receive such as screenings, shots, and other forms of medical care. This appointment can double as your Wellness Visit, and is an important benefit to take advantage of.

How do I schedule a visit?

Call us at 504.356.4097 or request an appointment here.

Learn more about our Primary Care services here.