For Immediate Release
KDHE Office of Communications
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is encouraging Kansans to take charge of their health by visiting a health professional, making an appointment for a visit, or by helping a friend, neighbor, or family member do the same. September 18, 2007, is “Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day.”
A “health professional” is a doctor, nurse, dentist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or other health provider.
“Everyone should see a health professional to begin taking charge of their health,” said Sharon Goolsby, Director of the KDHE Center for Health Disparities. “Any day is a good day to take a loved one for a checkup, whether it’s on September 18th or any other day.”
‘Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day’ is part of the national “Closing the Gap” campaign, which is designed to help improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations, who are affected by serious diseases and health conditions at greater rates.
In Kansas for example, according to the 2005 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics, the average age at death was 64.5 years for African-Americans and 55.6 years for persons identifying themselves as Hispanic, compared to 75.2 years for whites and 74.2 years for the Kansas population as a whole.
“Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day” falls on the third Tuesday of September every year.
Call the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) at 1-800-444-6472 or visit http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/ for more information.