The Importance Of A Regular Health Check

Medicine has traditionally focused the vast majority of its time and resources on disease diagnosis and effective treatment. However, considering the complexities of the human body, and the capacity for things to go wrong, this would seem like a shortsighted approach when implementing a comprehensive health care scheme. But the sad fact is, for the vast majority of people, health prevention is not only left for the individual to organize, but also to pay for home depot health check. The even sadder fact is that even fewer of this group, and particularly men, are actually willing to take the necessary steps to more closely monitor their health. A quite ironic state of affairs when we consider the time and money we are prepared to lavish on our cars in regular services.

So how often should we consider having a health check and why should we have one? Well, if we consider the first question, there is no hard and fast rule. Usually before the age of 18 it is recommended a child should be screened on a yearly basis. After 18, where no problems have been previously identified, a visit every other or every third year is often sufficient. However, for women over 18, an annual gynecological examination is advisable once the individual is sexually active, or over 21, which ever comes first. As we age, and with the onset of more age related medical issues, more frequent visits for a check up are advisable. Women over the age of 40 should commence mammograms. From the age of 50 a bi-annual health check is advisable. For men an annual rectal examination to assess prostate and colorectal cancer is a sensible precaution. Over the age of 65 a yearly examination and 

The Health-check is a reflective learning exercise, a snapshot of the status of a project or programme in order to identify what is going well and what areas need improvement. Project managers, sponsors and the project team are often so involved in the day-today activities that they can fail to recognise the true status of a project.

The check’s purpose is to gain independent assessment of how well the project or programme is performing in accordance with its objectives and how well it adheres to organisational processes or standards. Why Use Health-checks? It is well known that in most business arenas, the cost of correcting an issue is many times the cost of preventing it. Looming problems can go undetected or be ignored because the project team has faith that if they just follow the plan the benefits will materialise. At an enterprise level, conducting checks on a sample of projects enables common issues and non-compliances to be captured and resolved in a cost-effective way and applied to future projects.

Who Should Conduct Project Health-checks?

Checks are best undertaken by independent assessors – free from internal politics – who can provide a balanced view. Recommendations of independent assessors are more likely to be accepted and acted upon. The last thing you want to do in a health-check is to wander in and just start poking around in a random fashion. A good assessor will use a structure such as the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and will take the organisation’s unique nature into account and its project management and delivery methodologies.

If we now consider what possible kind of tests and examinations may be required, this will very much depend on both, age, sex and any pre existing conditions. Other than the checks previously mentioned, many doctors recommend you should at least have your blood pressure checked annually and your cholesterol every other year. If the condition demands it, or if we decide to do so for peace of mind, it’s possible to arrange a whole raft of medical checks in order to fully assess our health. Some times such tests are covered under health insurance schemes, though often the individual is not covered, and therefore must pay out of their own pocket. Tests might include; blood tests to detect diabetes, liver, heart or kidney disease, thyroid test, chest x-ray, urine tests, ECG, EST and pap smear. Generally, this level of testing, including those test mentioned in the previous paragraph, would be sufficient for most individuals.


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