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Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Health To-Do's
  • Prevention is the best medicine.   Over 70% of chronic illnesses can be prevented by lifestyle changes.
  • Stop smoking.  "In the US, men have a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer, and for women the risk is 1 in 3."
  • Eat Healthy.  Everyone (esp. those who are overweight) should watch the 4-part series The Weight of the Nation.  Go to Grocery List at
  • Get enough sleep
  • Drink enough water
  • Exercise or visit a local Fitness center (many companies have wellness programs and fitness center discounts)
  • Order & Pickup Prescription Refills
  • Take your prescribed medicines, vitamins, and fish oil
  • Get a physical and lab tests (blood, urinalysis) each year for you, your spouse, and your children and consider these screening tests
  • Get a Flu shot each October
  • Protect your family from Zika.
  • Colonoscopy
  • Mammogram breast cancer screening
  • Pap smear
  • Men's prostate cancer screening
  • Lipid Profile Cholesterol testing and mgmt.
  • Blood sugar glucose testing and mgmt.
  • Get rid of expired medicine
  • Use a humidifier (in winter) to reduce dry skin and improve respiratory health.  Ultrasonic humidifiers are wonderfully quiet and won't interfere with your sleep.
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension) testing and mgmt.  High blood pressure is the #1 risk factor for stroke.  Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States.
  • Monthly breast cancer self exam
  • Wash hands.  Keep hand sanitizer at work, home, and in your car
  • Have health insurance (at least major medical)
  • Protect your sexual health (Statistics 1, 2 and Info)
  • Wash hair brushes
  • Get a vision eye checkup.  See eye doctor every five years, and every year after age 40
  • If you are over 40, have high cholesterol or a family history of heart disease, a Coronary Calcium Scan is an excellent, low cost, screening test (typically $40-$70) that could save your life.
  • Sunlight is a major cause of skin aging.  Protect yourself by staying out of the sun and using a "broad spectrum" sunscreen with a high SPF 50.
  • Wear a pedometer to insure that you meet the recommended 10000 steps each day.
  • Take care of your back.   Use furniture movers when moving large objects.   Get rid of unused heavy items.
Dental To-Do's
  • Checkups and cleanings every 6 months for you, your spouse, and your children
  • Floss
  • Replace old toothbrushes
Make Safety a Priority Keep Track of Your Family's Health Making Health Care More Affordable Government Health Programs Vaccines & Immunizations Home Remedies for Common Health Problems Psychology Walk-in Health Care
  • Providing prescriptions for allergies, ear infections, pink eye, sinus infections, strep throat, etc.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 866-389-2727, Approximate hours - Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, No appointment necessary, Most insurance accepted.
  • Walgreens, 866-825-3227, Hours for most clinics: Mon-Fri 8am-7:30pm, Sat 9am-4:30pm, Sun 10am-5pm, Most insurance accepted.
Avoid Back Problems
  • Make sure you have a set of furniture sliders at home for moving furniture
  • if you have a sit down job, a kneeling chair can be a lifesaver.
  • Make sure you have a firm pillow in the car and when sitting on a regular chairs to keep pressure on the lumbar section of your back.
  • Exercise:   (1) Daily walks, (2) water exercises, (3) Yoga/Pilates classes.
  • Lose weight.
Avoid Heart Disease

Heart disease is the #1 killer in America for both men and women.   Most importantly, heart disease is 80% preventable.   Women are 6 times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer.   Try to minimize the following risk factors for heart disease each day:

  • High blood pressure   (blood pressure should be < 120/80.   Systolic (during beat) should be < 120.   Diastolic (between beats) should be < 80)
  • High blood LDL cholesterol   (LDL cholesterol should be < 100, HDL should be > 60)
  • Diabetes and prediabetes (See Eating Healthy)
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese (Body Mass Index (BMI) should be < 25) (See Losing Weight)
  • Being physically inactive
  • Unhealthy diet (See Eating Healthy)
  • Statin medications (when combined with a healthy diet) can be very beneficial for people who have heart disease plaque.
  • Be especially careful if you have a family history of early heart disease, or a history of preeclampsia during pregnancy.

Always check with your doctor regarding prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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