Did you know that each month has various nationally recognized awareness topics? Well to help promote well-being we are focusing on those monthly topics that are dedicated to well-being. Each month we will highlight that theme and give you some helpful tips and information to make sure you are taking caring of your well-being.
November is National Family Health History Day!
November is here and that means Thanksgiving! BUT, what people don’t know is that Thanksgiving day is also National Family Health History Day! Many of us our spending thanksgiving day with our family (following COVID guidelines, of course), which means it is the PERFECT opportunity to ask about your family history.
It might seem like a strange topic to bring up on such a happy day, but what you find out may both surprise you, and help you for the future. Knowing your family history is such an important task because it gives you all the information you need to ensure you are doing what you can to live a healthier life. Once you get this information, write it down in your own notes or a family history record keeper. You can also do your own research on certain conditions so that you are aware of any risk factors.
This thanksgiving, I encourage you to bring up this topic if it has not been already discussed. Ask your parents, children, grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, ANY blood relative. People may not want to speak about it at first, but explain to them that this is for everyone’s benefit. Finding this information out can allow you to take any precautions you need, and pass this along to your children and generations to come.