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*Author's Note: This month's goal post is geared toward women, but if there are male readers out there, please know we care about your health, too! Many of the same questions and guidelines apply. Go get yourself checked out! :)

Hello Everyone!

Your Goal for April & May 2011 is to:

Get Your Body Checked Out

Since these can get a little lengthy, please see for more.

Everybody knows health is important, but we tend to downplay the need for regular checkups and put off those screenings that we know will be unpleasant. I am challenging you to take the rest of April and all of May to MAKE THOSE APPOINTMENTS! Are you hitting a milestone b-day? Have you been avoiding your annual "female" appointment? Are you approaching the age where a mammogram is recommended? Do you have regular headaches but self-medicate instead of finding out why? Have you been trying to be good with food but need some advice? Do you have more aches and pains lately? All of these things (and more) are reasons to get yourself checked out. If you haven't been in a while, start with a regular checkup with your family doctor. (Don't have one? Try WebMD's Physician Finder for one in your area.) You don't have to do it all at once, but get going with SOMEthing. You are worth the trouble!!

Some specific areas of your health to get checked on a regular basis might include:

- Breast Health
- Cervical Cancer
- Chlamydia, HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Colorectal Cancer
- Depression
- Diabetes
- Blood Pressure
- Cholesterol
- Bone Health
- Weight Management
- Menopause Issues
- Immunizations

A Few Websites (to get you going in the right direction):

By Topic:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Discovery Health - "Screening Guidelines for Women of All Ages"

Civista Medical Center in La Plata, MD

WebMD Guide to a Healthy Heart - Age by Age

Beauty Care Web - Ten Essentials for Women's Health Checks at 20, 25, 30, 35

By Age:

Aetna Health Insurance: Women's Health

Women's Health.gov - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office on Women's Health (Make a commitment to do something about this during National Women's Health Week May 8-14, 2011 - see details at this address)

Some Quotes (to get you in the groove):

Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.
- Norman Cousins

The physician should look upon the patient as a besieged city and try to rescue him with every means that art and science place at his command.
- Alexander of Tralles

Medicine is the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existence.
- James Bryce, 1914

It is not a case we are treating; it is a living, palpitating, alas, too often suffering fellow creature.
- John Brown

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.
- John Diamond

A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more even than the whole man - he must view the man in his world.
- Harvey Cushing

A Short History of Medicine
2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
1000 B.C. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."
1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root."
- Author Unknown

Who ever thought up the word "Mammogram?" Every time I hear it, I think I'm supposed to put my breast in an envelope and send it to someone.
- Jan King

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
- Erma Bombeck

A woman tells her doctor, 'I've got a bad back.' The doctor says, 'It's old age.' The woman says, 'I want a second opinion.' The doctor says: 'Okay - you're ugly as well.'
- Tommy Cooper

Varicose veins are the result of an improper selection of grandparents.
- William Osler

There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.
- Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) British writer

Unknown but really funny:

- Exam of genitalia was completely negative except for the right foot.

- While in the emergency room, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.

- The skin was moist and dry.

- When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.

- On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it had completely disappeared.

- She has had no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

Sooo... get out there and get your body checked out! Take care of you!

Good Luck!