By Signify Health News on 11/18/16 2:00 PM
The table is set, and the turkey is carved. Your family is all at the table—for most of us, that’s a rarity. So what will be the topic of conversation with the multiple generations sitting at your table for Thanksgiving Dinner? In honor of National Family Health History Day, consider using this opportunity to discuss the chronic conditions that affect or have affected your loved ones and relatives.
In 2004, the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Family Health History Initiative with a goal to raise awareness among families about the importance of discussing—and recording for reference—their family’s health history.
This history is a powerful tool to take with you to your next doctor’s appointment to ensure that your medical records reflect conditions that run in your family.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend these four tips to get up to speed on your family health history:
Bottom line, don’t miss out on using holiday time with your family to bring up important issues like family health history.
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