RICHES Tis the Season for Sharing their health and to record test results. The Men’s Body Maintenance Manual Your Health History also includes a family health history section. Both publications are free and Its the holiday season. For most it is a available on the Foundations website time for planning special gatherings with (click on catalog). family and friends and celebrating the spirit of giving. It is also a perfect time for individuals to share their health history with loved ones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and When compiling a family health history, the Prevention (CDC), 96% of Americans Mayo Clinic advises individuals to include believe that their family history is the following information: important to their health. However, only 30% have tried to collect and organize Sex their family history. Date of birth Ethnicity Diseases or other medical conditionsIf youre a healthcare professional Age when disease was diagnosedencourage your clients to discuss and Diet, exercise habits, smoking habits or history of weight problemsdocument their health history and any For deceased relatives, age at thedisease and/or medical condition in their time of death and cause of deathfamily. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a complete family health history includes information from three The CDC also recommends that individuals generations of relatives including: take note of the following: children, brothers and sisters, parents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, Diseases that occur at an earlier age grandparents and cousins. The North than expected (10 to 20 years before Carolina Healthy Start Foundation’s My most people get the disease) Health Journal includes a section for Disease that does not usually affect a documenting family health history. This certain gender (for example, breast self-help, interactive booklet was cancer in a male) developed in response to RICHES Certain combinations of diseases Project participants (Resources In within a family (for example, breast and Communities Helps Encourage ovarian cancer or heart disease and Solutions) asking for a tool to help diabetes) women document questions regarding
The RICHES Project is dedicated to educating andtraining community-based organizations on ways toaddress the health and health-related needs ofwomen within their communities. Through RICHES,organizations are able to form partnerships, networkand share resources to better serve their clients. Theultimate goal is to improve the health of women ofreproductive age, particularly those of low economicstatus and/or who are ethnic or racial minorities, toadopt healthier lifestyles and behaviors.For more information on RICHES and how you can join, please visitwww.NCHealthyStart.org (on homepage or click on For Professionals, thenPartnerships) or email RICHES@NCHealthyStart.org.