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Take steps to keep your health in check.
Are you taking antidepressants?
●● Follow up with your doctor on a regular basis to ensure that you are on the correct dose. Make sure your doctor knows any side efects you’re experiencing.
Are you a woman age 40 or older?
●● Talk with your doctor about a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer and a mammogram to screen for breast cancer.
Do you have a heart condition?
●● Talk with your doctor about how often you need your cholesterol checked. Have a cholesterol test, if your doctor says you are due for one.
●● Ask your doctor about whether you need to check your blood pressure more often.
●● If you have had a heart attack, talk with your doctor about beta-blocker medication.
Do you have diabetes?
●● Have an Hb A1c test according to your doctor’s recommendation.
●● Have an eye exam annually.
●● Ask if you need screenings to check your cholesterol levels or kidney health.
Are You Due for a Health Screening?
Do you have a lung condition like asthma or COPD?
●● Schedule a checkup with your doctor to review your medications and action plan.
●● Talk with your doctor about rescue inhalers and inhaled steroids.
Do you have chronic kidney disease?
●● Talk with your doctor if you also have high blood pressure to ensure you’re on an appropriate medication.
Adopting a healthy habit isn’t always easy. One factor that can make it harder is delaying actions you need to take to make the change. Putting of action is called procrastination.
Procrastinators know that taking action sooner can help them avoid problems like stress. But worries and self-blame can cause them to put things of.
To ease worries, consider positive things you can tell yourself when negative thoughts creep into your mind. And use reminders to build confdence, such as sticky notes with positive messages.
Commit to taking action today and to not making excuses that let you put of what is most important to you.
Take a Pass on Procrastination
Use our online Health Reminder tool to keep up with important screenings and services. Log in at hap.org. Select the My Health & Wellness
tab, and then choose Health Reminders.