National Family History Day
Last year U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona declared Thanksgiving 2004 to be the first annual National Family History Day. His goal for this Family History Day was for relatives to get together to talk about and write down their health problems and medical histories. Tracing the illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents, and siblings can help your doctor predict the disorders you may be at risk of and help you prevent them from happening to yourself.
U.S. Surgeon General Carmona decided on Thanksgiving because he figured it is the start of the holiday season for most Americans. So this Thanksgiving, the second annual National Family History Day, decide to fill out My Family Health Portrait. You can either print out a copy of this easy fill-in-the-blank sheet to record your family's health history, or you can download it and use it on your computer.