As we kick off the New Year many of us take stock in our personal health and set goals for either ourselves or loved ones. But many in our community are skipping a vital step in staying healthy. In Southwest Ohio, 1 in 5 of us have not had a regular checkup in the past year. Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start.
Each family member should have a yearly visit for a physical check-up, vision and two dental check-ups. Visiting the doctor or nurse practitioner each year, even when you aren't sick, can help improve your health.
If you or your family do not have a primary care doctor or clinic there are other options. Interact for Health supports over 30 School-Based Health Centers across our community, many offering vision and dental health and accept insurance as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
You do not have to have a child attending that school as most of the Centers are open to the public, not just students, and can often schedule you quickly.
To locate a School-Based Health Center that serves your neighborhood visit www.growingwell.org.
Regular exams and screenings are a great way to start the year off and stay on top of your health!
Dr. O'dell Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He holds both an MD and a master's of public health from Yale University Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President and Interim Health Commissioner of the Cincinnati Health Department.
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