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Family Health Portrait

DearREADERS,
Thanks to Barb Schulz who forwarded this heads up from the DARlings Mailing List. Ruth Turner <renrut@worldpath.net> reports: The Washington Post today carries an article from the news services announcing a new initiative from Dept. HHS headlined "Tool for Family History" and urging people to do family health histories - see more, including the declaration of Thanksgiving 2004 as "First Annual Family History Day" at: http://www.hhs.gov/familyhistory/

From the site we learn that U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., "has declared Thanksgiving 2004 to be the first annual National Family History Day. Thanksgiving is the traditional start of the holiday season for most Americans. Whenever families gather, the Surgeon General encourages them to talk about, and to write down, the health problems that seem to run in their family. Learning about their family's health history may help ensure a longer future together."

I downloaded the this free new tool, called "My Family Health Portrait". It required Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 to "read" the downloaded program. But its a very neat method to help you summarize your family's medical health history in graphic and text format. Its easy, because you merely type in the family names, and answer a few questions to receive your organized summary to take next time you visit your physician.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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