End Of The Year Health Checklist

November 21, 2019

With the year coming to an end, we recommend you review your health checklist and see what needs to be done before the new year begins. Whether it is your annual health exam, health goals, sleep wellness, or any other aspect of your health, they are all important. We created an end of the year health checklist for you to be sure you are meeting all your health needs. We also want to ensure that you’re taking advantage of all your health benefits that are offered through insurance.

1. Up-To-Date Vaccinations

Are you up to date on your vaccinations? The flu is particularly relevant near the end of the year, but other shots need to be boosted periodically as well. Those can include the TDAP, MMR booster, Tetanus booster, and more. Schedule an appointment with us and we can discuss a plan for which vaccinations you may need and when you are due for them. This is an essential part of your end-of-year health checklist as many adults often forget about their own vaccines.

2. Maximize Insurance Benefits

Have you taken advantage of all your insurance benefits? If you have met your deductible for the year, the end of the year is the perfect time to complete several of your checkups or health visits. Once your deductible is met, most procedures or appointments are at a low cost or free to you. Check with your insurance providers to see what they offer in terms of your yearly deductible and insurance coverage. Benefits can include Flex Dollars and HSA (health savings accounts). Often times consumers are unaware of all the benefits offered through their provider.

3. Annual Wellness Exam

Have you had your annual wellness exam? Individuals should complete a wellness exam once every year. So, if you haven’t had one yet, now is the time to schedule an appointment before the year ends. Many insurance policies include a provision for an annual checkup. In fact, a preventative screening wellness visit is free under insurance coverage. You have no excuse to not get one.

4. Proper Sleep Schedule

How are you sleeping? As the days grow shorter, many people find themselves sleeping longer and more often, while others may notice that they are restless or wake up consistently throughout the night. Sleep is extremely vital to maintaining your physical and mental health, as your body works to restore itself during sleep. Not getting enough quality sleep can lead to more serious health issues, so it is important to keep that in mind. If you’re not feeling well-rested after a night’s sleep, you can speak with our sleep specialist, Christina Finnerty, who can work with you to identify the causes of your restless nights. Sleep health and hygiene is truly Christina’s passion!

5. Take Care of Family

Are your loved ones taken care of? In the business of life, especially near the end of the year, it can be easy to have our own health taken care of while forgetting to see how our family is doing with their yearly checkups. Many of them may not be as informed on how beneficial regular checkups are. Also, you may have family that doesn’t even have a primary care provider. In that case, you can help them decide the best way to choose a family doctor. As you visit your family for the holidays, you can check in on them and remind them of the importance of seeing their primary care providers.

6. Make “Healthy” Goals

What are your health goals and how are you working toward them? With the new year coming up, now is the best time to evaluate your health goals and how you have treated your body this year. You can speak with one of our dietitians or physical therapists to make new goals to help you be even healthier in the next year.

Your Health Checklist

We hope this checklist will help remind you of the importance of maintaining your health for the present and future. If you have not completed any of these this year, we encourage you to make an appointment with us today so we can help you with the services you may need. You are also free to call us at (208) 715-9990. Watch any of our videos for quick tips and tricks regarding simple health concerns.

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