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Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month

Contact the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day is a national campaign encouraging people to take charge of their own health and then to encourage their loved ones to do the same. The message is all about prevention and letting people know that going to the doctor, being active and eating right are necessary for a longer, happier, healthier life. Initially launched by Tom Joyner and the US Department of Health & Human Services, this campaign specifically aims to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations as well as the elderly, underserved and underrepresented communities. 

The Florida Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Health Equity encourages families and others to join together to promote good health in our communities by taking a loved one for a health screening, making and keeping an appointment to see a licensed physician or other health care provider, attend a health event, or help a friend, neighbor or family member do the same during the month of September and throughout the year.

Participating in this observance helps Floridians to take charge of their health. Prevention and treatment will help to combat preventable diseases and health disparities among the citizens of Florida.  However, it starts with a decision. We must each take charge of our own health.

When your loved one puts off seeing the doctor, a small health problem can become a serious one. And some of the most serious health issues don't have obvious symptoms. Regular wellness visits can help you learn how to maintain a healthy weight, monitor cholesterol levels and control high blood pressure. Chronic diseases are largely preventable through close partnerships with your health care team and can be detected early through appropriate screenings when treatment works best.

See a doctor and take a loved one to the doctor if he or she has been putting it off. Also, do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make responsible personal choices. Most of all, remember that information is power – so use it to motivate yourself to better health for you and your loved ones!  To find out if a physician is licensed go to:

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to the e-mail address listed below.

If you have any question regarding the Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month campaign, please contact Cheryl Graham at

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