Importance of Well-Care

Well-care visits give health care providers a great opportunity to help people who are at risk for many preventable health problems. Counseling and treatment can help avoid or recover from a number of problems including addictive behaviors like alcohol abuse, smoking and drug use; eating or mental disorders; sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

Well-care visits are especially important for youth. During these well-care visits the doctors have the opportunity to discuss nutrition, physical activity, peer pressure and safety (including substance abuse and sexuality). It also provides a chance to raise questions and concerns about the child’s development, behavior, and general well-being — questions that are difficult to discuss during sick visits. Pediatricians are used to discussing common concerns with parents such as eating, sleeping, toilet training, social behaviors, as well as attention and learning problems. Having regular well-child visits with your child’s doctor and raising the concerns that matter most to you are key ingredients in helping the doctor know you and your child, and in forming a reliable and trustworthy relationship.

Immunizations are also a big part of the preventive care visit, but talking about other topics can be helpful. Pediatricians also address safety in the home and at the playground, optimal nutrition, toilet training, and environmental concerns such as lead paint exposure.

For adults, various preventative care is also essential to overall good health. Regular attention should be paid to blood pressure checks, diabetes and cholesterol tests, cancer screenings including mammograms and colonoscopies, counseling on topics such as smoking, losing weight, healthy eating, treating depression and reducing alcohol use, routine vaccinations such as measles, polio or meningitis as well as flu and pneumonia shots.

Preventive care is the most important step you can take to manage your health, because many of the top risk factors leading to illness and premature death are preventable.

Above information taken from: www.healthychildren.org/english/family-life/health-management/pages/well-child-care-a-check-up-for-success


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Making Smart Decisions
Deirdre Washington, M.Ed., OCPSI 
Manager, Prevention Education


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