Tips and Recommendations for Your Well-Being 

Learn about common health topics, including how to manage certain conditions, and how regular screenings can lead to early detection and treatment of disease.

Regular preventive care is important for your health and well-being. Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) list of things to do to prepare for an annual preventive care visit.

  • Blood Pressure Management 
    If you are living with high blood pressure (also called hypertension), the best thing you can do for yourself is to try to lower it. You can do this by making changes to your diet, getting more exercise, and losing weight if you need to. A heart-healthy lifestyle is always important, even if you take blood pressure medicines too. 

    Learn about ways you can keep your heart healthy, with MVP’s virtual education series, The Heart of the Matter


    Checking Your Blood Pressure at Home 

    A home blood pressure monitor makes it easy to keep track of your blood pressure. When taking your blood pressure at home, be sure to write down the date and your results so that you can share your numbers with your doctor. Use our Blood Pressure Tracking Sheet (PDF) to record your results. 

    Watch the video below to get more helpful tips and instructions for checking your blood pressure.

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  • Colorectal Cancer 
    Colorectal cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. Because early-stage cancers usually do not cause symptoms, you could have polyps or even colorectal cancer and not know it. That’s why having a screening test is so important. Before they have a chance to become cancerous, polyps can be found with a screening test and removed early, when treatment works best.

    Regular screening beginning at age 50 is recommended for everyone to help prevent colon cancer. There are several different types of colorectal cancer screenings. Talk to your doctor about which type and frequency are right for you. 

    Review colorectal cancer screening options (PDF).
    Learn more about colorectal cancer (PDF).
  • Diabetes 
    MVP’s Diabetes Education Webinar Series 

    Our Diabetes Education Webinar series offers guidance on diabetes, from diagnosis and management to avoiding health complications. Watch the series.

    Tests and Exams

    There are certain tests and exams that people living with diabetes should have at least yearly. Talk to your doctor about your results so you can understand what they mean to you. 

    Retinal Eye Exam 

    You should have a yearly retinal exam by an eye doctor because, over time, diabetes can affect your eyes. You should have this exam yearly even if your medical doctor has examined your eyes and even if your vision seems fine. 


    Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) 

    You should have this test every three to 12 months. It shows your average blood sugar level over the previous two to three months. The higher the levels, the greater your risk of developing complications, including: 

    • Blindness 
    • Circulation problems 
    • Kidney damage 
    • Nerve damage 

    A result of less than 7% can reduce your risk of these complications. Your doctor will tell you how often you need the test based on your treatment goals. 

    Urine Protein 

    This test checks for early signs of kidney problems from diabetes that can be treated to help prevent future problems. 

    Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Level 

    Sometimes called “bad” cholesterol, LDL contributes to the formation of plaque in the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack. Most people with diabetes need to be on cholesterol lowering medication to help reduce LDL cholesterol. 

    Complete Foot Exam 

    People living with diabetes are prone to poor circulation, nerve damage, foot ulcers, and infections, which can lead to serious foot problems. Therefore, you should have a complete medical foot examination each year. 

    For extra support with managing diabetes, learn more about our Diabetes Care Program through our case managers

  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Measurement Tracking Sheets 

    It is important for people living with CHF to monitor the health of their heart and for people living with diabetes and CHF to track their weight. Use the sheets below to track measurements taken at home with a pulse oximeter, blood pressure, and weight scale. 

  • Flu (Influenza) 
    Many doctors say that having the flu and COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the same time could be very dangerous, even for healthy adults. That’s why getting your flu shot is more important than ever. 

    Learn more about flu shots, including benefits, common myths, and convenient ways to get yours this year. 
  • Weight Loss 

Women’s Health 

Breast Cancer

Finding a lump in your breast early increases your chances of a successful outcome. A mammogram can help find a lump in your breast up to two years before you or your doctor notice it. That’s why a routine mammogram is recommended every one-to-two years for women age 50 to 74. 

Learn more about early detection and diagnosis from the American Cancer Society.


Cervical Cancer

When cancer forms in the cervix, it is often slow-growing and does not show symptoms. However, with routine screenings, it can be found early, when it is most treatable. A Pap test is the type of screening used to find cervical cancer and is recommended for women starting at age 21. Talk to your doctor to see if you are due for a Pap test. 

Cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), so vaccination is recommended for everyone up to age 26. Catch-up vaccination to age 45 is available for people at risk. 

What You Need to Know about Cervical Cancer (PDF)

Testing Your HPV Knowledge (PDF)


Pregnancy and Breastfeeding 

From the early days of pregnancy to breastfeeding and beyond, learn tips for a healthy pregnancy and baby [link to Pregnancy and Family, page ID], as well as MVP programs that can support you along the way. 


Men’s Health 

The first step that men should take in maintaining their health is scheduling an annual check-up with their primary care physician (PCP). By visiting the doctor when healthy and symptom free, you can work with your doctor to maintain their health or identify any problems early, when they are easier to treat. 

You should discuss the following with your doctor: 

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