The Surgeon General has proclaimed Thanksgiving as Health History Day. As you know, Thanksgiving is a day in which families get together for some good food and conversation. The Surgeon General wants to ensure people use that time to get information about their health from their family members.
Many diseases run in the family:
- Heart disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Sickle cell anemia
What this means is if one generation has these diseases, it’s not unusual for the next one to suffer the same. This is why doctors always ask for family history. Knowing what could happen in the future means medical professionals can start looking out for signs of it and possibly prevent onset. It’s much easier to keep some diseases from coming than treat them once they already started.
Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative
In a survey, only 1/3 of Americans have asked family members about their family history. Most people don’t think about it, and that’s the objective of the campaign. By making it an event, people will be more likely to follow through.
The tool allows you to create a family health history, which is saved online. All you have to do is enter in the information and then whenever you want to update it, you can log in and do that.
What’s great about it is that you can someday pass it down to others in your family. You can give your children the login information, and they have everything they need. They can then add in their information and then when they grow up, they can add their children, etc.
Keeping Families Healthy
As America gets older, family history information is even more important. Knowing what other generations have suffered and what has helped them survive the diseases they suffered can help future generations stay healthy. What a gift to be able to look at the health of past generations and be able to use it to stay healthy. It’s probably the most valuable gift you can give during the holidays.
Bring It Up on Thanksgiving
Now that you have this information, bring up the tool on Thanksgiving. Go ahead and let everyone know about it and then start asking questions. People love to talk about themselves, so you will likely not find it difficult to get the information you need. You just have to open it and start typing the information into the tool. By the end of the day, you’ll probably have everything you need and all you have to do is update it from time to time.