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The power of preventive care

If your grandmother was like mine, you learned early the expression “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

How wise our grandmas were!

Preventive care can take many forms and provide a wide range of physical, mental and financial benefits.

Some benefits are life saving.

Routine cardiovascular exams save tens of thousands of adult lives each year, while vaccines save the lives of roughly 42,000 children on an annual basis.

Preventive health screenings and primary care consultations have also been found to significantly increase life expectancy.

Other benefits are less exceptional, although just as powerful, such as saving money on health care, feeling more energetic, having less pain, or feeling more mentally strong.

Most people know on some level that preventive care can increase health, quality of life and longevity. Given that, what gets in the way of our taking preventative care measures? Certainly time, the fear that we need to do a great deal to make a difference, or feelings of discouragement can be factors.

As a personal trainer, I am privileged to see my clients prioritize preventive care, with tangible results. The most frequent reports I get from clients are reduction in medications, reduced joint pain, and a more positive outlook.

All preventive care starts with a plan and evolves into action. What might you focus on?


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