How to organize your health
Written by Katie Carpenter
Dec 11, 2013 2:07 PM
Getting organized in your life can lead to better health for you and your family. In this video, Dr. Glenda Cardillo, Acting Physician General for the PA Department of Health, shares some important tips.
Staying on top of important doctor's visits, preventive screenings, and vaccinations are all important for a healthy life.
But, it also takes getting organized in the kitchen and medicine cabinets as well. Here are some of Dr. Cardillo's organization tips for organizing your health:
1. Schedule a physical exam: Dr. Cardillo says, “A physical exam is import because you’ll learn important numbers.” You’ll find our your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar level, and cholesterol.
2. Schedule an eye exam: The American Optometrist Association suggests scheduling an eye exam every 2 years for patients between the ages of 18 and 60. For those patients who are over 60, they recommend getting an exam each year.
3. Take a planner with you to your physical: You can use your planner to look ahead and schedule your next visit with your doctor.
4. Schedule a pap smear and mammogram:
- Schedule a mammogram reminder.
- Learn more about the benefits of a pap smear.
5. If you’re over 50, schedule a colonoscopy: Click here to learn more about how a colonoscopy can prevent cancer. Watch a video about the screening and how it saves lives.
6. Get caught up on your vaccinations: Getting caught up on vaccinations can prevent the spread of diseases like whooping cough, and some young adults may want to discuss getting an HPV vaccine. Click here for a list of prevention guidelines categorized by age.
7. Get organized around the house:
- Clean out your medicine cabinets of expired medications. Make sure to call your local pharmacist to find out how you can properly dispose of those expired meds. Ask your elderly parents if you can clean out their cabinet as well.
- Go through food in the fridge and throw out expired food. Stock your fridge with healthy snacks like cut up fruit. Make sure it is at eye-level so it is easier to grab those healthy options. Post important emergency numbers on your fridge like parents’ cell numbers, fire department number, poison control numbers etc. Put together an emergency bag with a few day supply of meds so if have to evacuate, you can carry that bag with you and be set for a few days. This is especially important for elderly people.