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Getting an annual physical is important and can help you learn what preventive screenings are vital for your health.

Getting an annual physical is important. This is your opportunity to review your current health habits and find out how you can improve your health. Physicals can help give updates on your vaccinations, overall health and health screenings you may need. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 7 out of 10 U.S. deaths are caused by chronic disease, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, AIDS, or other conditions classified by the medical community as preventable. Getting your physical can help you learn what preventive screenings are vital for your health.

1. Get an overview of your current health habits

One of the best ways getting a physical helps you stay healthy is giving your doctor an overview of your current health habits. They can tell you what you’re doing right and also give you feedback on things to improve. Bad health habits can be hard to break, but your doctor can give you advice on steps to take toward a healthier lifestyle. 

2. See important health stats 

At your physical, you can expect your doctor to take your vitals. This can include checking your blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and temperature. Your doctor will also listen to your heart and lungs. The results of these examinations are important for you to note. The exams will help your doctor determine if things are running smoothly. 

3. Utilize preventive care services 

Your doctor can review your family history and let you know which health screenings you are eligible for and need. If your family has a history of heart disease, then your doctor can advise you on when you should have a heart screening. There are many different factors that can contribute to you being eligible and needing a health screening. Your doctor will let you know what screenings are best for you. 

4. Find a primary care doctor you trust 

Getting a physical can help you establish a relationship with your primary care provider (PCP). If you don’t already have a PCP you trust, we can help you find one. To find a doctor or location, click the Find a Doctor button at the top of From there, you will be able to see a list of in-network doctors and locations. You will also have the option to filter your search results based on location, specialty, accepting new patients, language, gender, and more. Or you can call us directly at 833-600-1311 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. TTY: 586-693-1214. Schedule a physical with your PCP today!