It’s time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine as we welcome warmer temperatures. You also may have the urge to organize and spring clean. These six tips will put you on the path to a healthy season.

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  1. Be sure everyone in your family gets an annual preventive medicine check-up with a primary care physician.
    If you’ve been dealing with chronic conditions, preventive care (i.e., screenings and immunizations) may have fallen through the cracks, but keeping up with preventive care is important for catching problems early or preventing them altogether. If you don’t have a doctor, visit BaptistMedicalGroup.org to find a primary care physician who meets your family’s health care needs.

  2. Ask your doctor about important screenings at your annual checkup.
    For example, if you’re 50 or older, it’s time to get a colonoscopy. This screening is the key to preventing colorectal cancer. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps you might want to begin screening earlier. Your doctor can help you get on a schedule to get the appropriate screenings that are best for you.

  3. Get rid of dust.
    Dust mite allergy is a common allergy and causes sneezing, runny noses and asthma. To alleviate these symptoms or avoid the allergy altogether, wash linens, bedding and curtains regularly in water that is at least 130o F, vacuum carpets and wipe down flat surfaces such as fan blades and book shelves. If symptoms include difficulty breathing or continue for longer than a week, visit your doctor.

  4. Take stock of your prescription and over - the - counter medications.
    Organize your medicine cabinet. Don’t keep medicines you no longer use or that are expired. Follow the disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information that accompanies the medication, or contact your city’s household trash service to see if a take-back program is available in your community.

  5. Make a list of all the medications you currently take along with the doctors who prescribed them, and keep it with you in your purse or wallet.
    Do the same for each member of your family. If your child takes medications, make sure his or her school has an updated list. Ask your doctor for a recommendation on what over-the-counter medications you should have on hand for your family.

  6. Clear your head by learning to meditate.
    According to MayoClinic.org, meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. It can help carry you more calmly through your day and can even improve certain medical conditions. A few short meditation breaks throughout the day is all you need to relieve stress and start reaping the benefits of your inner calm.