The world of health is rapidly changing. Gone are the days when people only went to hospital when they were not feeling well and otherwise would never venture into a hospital. Now, making an active effort to know one’s health status while still healthy is a trending topic. It is the smartest choice you could make for yourself and your family.

Knowledge is power! Knowing about your health and making an active effort to improve your health allows you to prevent the development of lifestyle illnesses and also allows you to catch an illness that may be developing at an early stage when several management options are still available to you.

If caught at an early stage, most lifestyle illnesses like Hypertension and Diabetes can be treated with simple lifestyle modification and regular monitoring. Many cancers, if caught early can be appropriately managed without having to threaten one’s life.

What is Wellness? Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving, you’re thriving. It is the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.

Key interventions to implement when working on your personal wellness are as follows: –

Balanced diet

Maintain a healthy balanced diet to obtain vital nutrients that help the body fight infection, promote efficient bodily functions and reduce inflammation.


Regular exercise has an array of health benefits, it helps control weight, improves mood and mental health, helps one to quit smoking, reduces chances of lifestyle diseases that are triggered by a sedentary lifestyle and cancers among others.

Regular wellness check-ups

Regular wellness check-ups are aimed at offering early detection and diagnosis of potential diseases. They also help reduce the risk of developing complications of existing health conditions and increases your life expectancy. Attending regular wellness checkups also helps reduce healthcare costs.

So what are the aspects of a Wellness check-up?

  • Measurement of vital signs which includes Body mass index estimation and Mental health screening
  • Comprehensive wellness history and physical examination which includes details of your diet and exercise history, work and social life and medical history
  • Investigations aimed at identifying early signs of lifestyle diseases
  • Results interpretation and development of a Wellness plan
  • Follow up and referral to a specialist as needed

Let’s all be pro-active in improving and maintaining good health. Call us today for an appointment!

Dr. Ann NjugunaFamily Medicine Clinic