Thanksgiving Day is one of the rare occasions you may have everyone in the family in the same room at the same time. That’s why the U.S. Surgeon General made Thanksgiving Day “National Family History Day” in 2004. It’s a chance for you and your family to talk about the diseases and health conditions that run in your family.
By discussing and documenting your own family health history, you’re taking the first step to living a longer, healthier life. Your family history can tell you a lot about what health problems you may encounter. By checking into your past, you will have a better gauge of what the future may hold.
So here’s how you can jump start the conversation about family history at your dinner table this Thanksgiving.