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It’s that time of year again…back to school time for the kiddies.  That usually means going shopping for new clothes and shoes, picking up school supplies, and the dreaded doctors’ appointments for check ups and/or immunizations.  While your children should be your number one priority (or very high on the list), let’s not neglect ourselves in the process.  The kids wont be able to depend on you if you’re not all that healthy yourself. 

Medical  appointments can be expensive, especially if you aren’t fortunate enough to have insurance.  Below I’ve comprised a list of options that are very budget friendly, even free in some cases, so that there’s no excuse why you aren’t up to date on your physical exams.

  • First off, begin with a complete head to toe physical assessment.  Your local health department often offers them for free or on a sliding scale according to your income.  There may be a long wait (i mean it is VERY INEXPENSIVE), so bring a book and a snack until your name is called.  Even if they won’t be able to see for a few weeks or months, at least you’ve made the first step in taking control of your health.
  • To figure out if you qualify for a free or low-cost eye exam, type nei.nih.gov/health/financialaid.asp in your browser to visit the National Eye Institute’s resource page.
  • Next on the list are your teeth.  Bad oral health and dental hygiene can lead to a myriad of other health problems including heart disease and all types of infections.  If you live near a college or university that has a dental program, stop by their clinic.  If you don’t mind letting a student work on you under the supervision of a licensed instructor, then visit their clinic.  The services are offered at really low prices.  TIP: Dental insurance is almost always a lot cheaper than other health insurances, so you should really consider purchasing some if you can get the other services for free or dirt cheap.
  • By contacting the American Cancer Society via phone or internet, you’ll be able to locate mammogram centers in your area that offer screenings at a discounted price.  This is especially targeted towards my 40 and over divas or those you with a family history of breast cancer.  Visit Cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345.
  • Haven’t seen a gynecologist or OB-GYN in years? No problem.  Keep your reproductive health in check by contacting Planned Parenthood and don’t worry…they’re not just for teens in trouble.  They offer a variety of services for a small fee based on your income.  To find a center closest to you, go to plannedparenthood.org or dial 1-800-230-PLAN.

Hope that helps. 🙂

Remember to keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out.