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Why Annual Wellness Visits Are Necessary

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Helping You Stay Healthy

Annual wellness visits are not just routine check-ups; they are also a proactive measure toward long-term health and wellness. These comprehensive appointments provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals to evaluate the overall wellness of a patient, address any concerns, identify risk factors, and implement preventive measures.

To schedule an annual wellness visit for yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to contact our team today. Call your family healthcare provider’s office or, if you need assistance in selecting a family healthcare provider, call 810-648-0610.

The Role of Annual Wellness Visits

The primary goal of an annual wellness visit is to create or update a personalized care plan. This involves creating a complete documentation of personal and family health history, in order to identify risk factors and help prevent future health problems. It's also a time for patients and clinicians to discuss prevention strategies and deliver recommended clinical services.

During annual wellness visits, your provider will administer any necessary vaccines, diagnostic tests, and medical treatments based on your specific healthcare needs. Your provider will likely also want to discuss your lifestyle choices, health habits, and goals.

Benefits of Annual Wellness Visits

Consistent annual wellness visits offer numerous benefits. They help your doctor easily notice changes in your health, such as higher blood pressure or significant weight loss. These visits also keep track of necessary annual tests and vaccines, fostering an ongoing relationship with your healthcare provider that encourages open communication and trust.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular health checks can lead to early detection of potential health issues, therefore resulting in better health outcomes and lower medical costs. Preventive care is crucial in maintaining overall health and wellness.

The McKenzie Health System Approach

At McKenzie Health System, we understand the importance of personalized care. That’s why our wellness visits are tailored toward each patient's unique health needs and goals. We utilize state-of-the-art medical devices to detect early signs of health problems, allowing for greater precision and accuracy of results.

Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals works closely with patients, ensuring they understand their health status and what steps they can take to improve or maintain their health. We believe in empowering our patients through education and preventive care, which is why we’ve outlined some recommendations to help you get the most out of your wellness visits:

  1. Schedule Regular Appointments: Even when you're feeling healthy, make sure to schedule a wellness visit each year. Regular check-ups help to identify any potential issues early, so necessary care can be provided.
  2. Prepare for Your Visit: Make a list of any health concerns, questions, or any changes you've noticed since your last visit.
  3. Follow Through: If your healthcare provider recommends further testing or referrals, make sure to stay on top of your health and schedule those out.
  4. Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Discuss your diet, exercise, and any potentially risky habits (like smoking or drinking) with your healthcare provider. They can offer guidance on making and maintaining healthy lifestyle choices.
  5. Review Medications: Bring a list of your current medications, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Your provider can review these and discuss any potential interactions or side effects.

Schedule Your Wellness Visit Today

Remember, annual wellness visits are an investment in your future health. By taking a proactive approach, you're prioritizing your wellbeing and taking the steps that’ll allow you to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life, both now and in the years to come.

Contact your family healthcare provider to schedule your wellness visit today. If you need assistance in selecting a family healthcare provider, contact our Patient Navigators at 810-648-0610. We are committed to helping you and your loved ones stay healthy.