Staying fit and healthy should be a priority of everyone. Whether you’re an adult looking to improve your health or want to keep your children and family healthy, a wellness checkup should be on your agenda. We recommend that you schedule an annual wellness visit with a healthcare professional to get an overview of your overall health, identify key characteristics about your health, identify any age-related screenings that are overdue, identify any problem areas in your health/diet/lifestyle, and more.
At North County Health Services, we can provide you with access to a wellness visit, whether you are looking to get wellness care for yourself or a doctor checkup for your children.
Annual Wellness Exam
What does a wellness checkup involve? When you come to North County Health Services for a wellness exam, you’ll meet with one of our healthcare professionals who will talk to you about your health history before he or she will provide a thorough health examination.
The exam process of the wellness checkup is intended to help assess your overall health and to detect warning signs of more serious problems before they get out of hand. This is why it’s so important to have a regular wellness visit with your healthcare provider. If you avoid a wellness visit at least once a year, you may be allowing certain diseases and other conditions to cultivate in your body, causing further and more severe health complications in the future.
The types of tests and screenings you might have to go through will depend on you and your doctor, although there are some common ones that are usually a part of any type of wellness exam:
- Basic measurements for your body, such as weight, height, blood pressure, body mass index, etc.
- Simple vision tests to assess the state of your eyes and overall vision.
- Reviewing your mental health to determine the risk of depression (and/or level of risk to yourself or others).
- Looking for warning signs of more serious conditions.
- And more. Each exam will be unique to you and your situation.
At the end of your exam you may be provided with a written plan what will help you keep track of what kind of treatment, medication, tests, screenings, preventive care, and more that you will need to improve your overall health in small or large ways.
The whole process of the wellness exam is designed to be personalized to you and your unique situation.
The Importance of Preventative Wellness Visits
No matter how young or young-at-heart you are, wellness checkups are necessary for maintaining optimal health and a high quality of life. Though it may be tempting to cancel or postpone your annual wellness visit each time it rolls around, you should really take the time to go to the appointment and ensure you are as healthy as you can be. Ignorance is not bliss, especially when it comes to your health, and if you continue to ignore your health, you’ll be left wishing you had been a little more proactive in the past. Some people prefer to wait until they’re sick or experiencing concerning symptoms to go to a doctor checkup, but how you feel is not indicative of how your body is functioning and symptoms don’t always arise until a disease or health problem is much more advanced. It’s important to get wellness care regularly so you can ensure that everything is working as it should be in your body so that you can live a long, healthy, and happy life.
While we’ve already outlined the major parts of an annual wellness visit, there are a few preventative measures that your doctor may implement in your wellness exam just to be as thorough as possible. At NCHS, each doctor checkup you attend will cover the three major levels of preventative wellness care: primary, secondary, and tertiary.
Primary preventative care is something that should be discussed at every wellness checkup. It includes doing things that will prevent you from getting certain diseases in the first place, such as immunizations and proper nutrition. It may also include a discussion about alcohol and tobacco usage, exercise frequency, and more. Secondary preventative wellness care helps to identify possible risk factors for diseases. Each wellness visit you go to will include checking your blood pressure, reading your cholesterol levels, and the like. Depending on your age and gender, this may also include a pap smear, a prostate cancer screening, and other minor procedures that will rule out a number of concerns and diseases. The third level of preventative care is more about the optimization of health once you do have a confirmed diagnosis of disease or a health issue. This includes things like focusing on heart health after a heart attack or maintaining safe blood sugar levels after a diabetes diagnosis.
Each annual wellness visit will also include a discussion about mental health. This may include identifying risk factors of mental illness or talking about medications for treating behavioral health issues. The goal of every wellness exam is to first, make sure nothing is wrong, and second, make sure that you are doing everything possible to be as healthy as possible moving forward.
Get a Wellness Visit & Checkup at Your Local Healthcare Center
Below you’ll find all of the “adult medicine” healthcare centers available in our North County Health Services network. We want to make it as accessible as possible for you to get your regular, annual wellness checkups. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about our NCHS locations.
Contact us today at North County Health Services to learn more about our annual wellness checkups. It’s important that you schedule your wellness visit at least once a year, which will allow a healthcare professional to identify any problems in your health before they become too serious. The information you get during your checkup will allow you to make better lifestyle choices through habit and diet changes.
Give us a call to get started with your very own wellness visit and checkup.