Family Health Portrait
Thanks to Barb Schulz who forwarded this heads up from the DARlings Mailing
List. Ruth Turner <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
Happy family tree climbing!
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