Oct 24, 2017

Health Focus: One Health Aspect Per Family Member

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Keeping an eye on your own personal health is tough enough. You have to remember to eat right, take the supplements you need, and ensure you’re getting your full exercise quotient. Looking after yourself is tough enough, but then you have to factor in caring for your family’s needs as well-- it’s an exhausting minefield. 

So, in an effort to simplify the situation, let’s try and focus on one health area per family member. Something that is going to make a difference right now. While health can never be simplified down to a single issue all the time, focusing in one area can be a good jumping-off point if it’s been awhile since you truly focused on your health. So what’s one thing you can do per family member that will make a huge difference for your health? Let’s find out.


HEALTH CHECK: Mother (You) 

By far the best thing you can do for your personal health is to attend a PAP smear. 

Of course, this isn’t going to be welcome news-- no one likes having PAP smears. However, PAPs are a wonderful tool that have save thousands of lives by detecting potentially cancerous cells before they are able to fully develop. A PAP could literally save your life

HEALTH CHECK: Father 

Unfortunately, the best area of examination for your partner isn’t particularly pleasant either-- but at least you can console one another! A prostate exam is as important for men as a PAP smear is for women, though it’s fair to say that many guys really dislike the test itself. That’s normal, but it is unavoidable. 

Why do it? Because prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death for men. If you learn more about prostate cancer treatment then you will learn it can be effective, but prevention is always better than the cure. So book your husband in for a prostate exam, then treat yourselves to something nice for getting through your ordeals! 

HEALTH CHECK: Child 

Screening tests are not particularly common for children; they’re more something that occurs later in life. However, there is one test your child can take that could make a big difference to their life in the future: an allergy test. 

Allergies are incredibly common in children, so identifying any problematic issues could make a big difference to your child’s life. Allergy testing is non-invasive and relatively simple, so it shouldn’t cause anyone too much distress. If an allergy is found, you will know what your child needs to avoid, meaning they will be happier and more comfortable in the future. 


The above are examples that are useful as focal points. When you have accomplished these, you can move on to another focal point, and get into the habit of always prioritizing one area of health. This means that no matter how busy life gets, you’ve always made the time to take care of the most important thing in life-- the well-being of your family.