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Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month

Contact the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

The Florida Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Health Equity invite you to join the statewide campaign called: “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month”.  Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month 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 Florida Department of Health encourages families and others to join together to promote good health practices in our communities by taking loved ones for health screenings, making and keeping appointments to see health care providers, attending health events, and helping friends, neighbors or family members do the same during the month of October 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 decrease health disparities among the citizens of Florida.  However, it starts with a decision. We must each take charge of our own health. Many disregards the importance of regular checkups. Some avoid doctor visits out of fear and others simply because it’s not part of their routine. When your loved one puts off seeing the doctor, a small health problem may become a serious health problem. Many health issues do not have obvious symptoms. 

One of the best ways to get started is to get a health screening to know your heart-healthy numbers. Health screenings checks blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, and blood sugar. These are important “numbers” that can help identify possible health risks and prevent minor concerns from becoming serious health problems.

To make a positive impact on your health it is important to know and understand your numbers. Knowing your numbers allows you to take action and impact your risk factors.  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! 

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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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