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Spring Cleaning for Your Health

The surrounding environment, including the inside of a home, can negatively impact a family's health. Nevertheless, families can help prevent illness and injury by incorporating steps to make their homes cleaner, safer and healthier places to live.

In support of National Osteopathic Medicine Week, which takes place April 13-19, the AOA is launching an effort to help individuals and families spring clean for their health. The AOA suggests getting started with a "Spring Cleaning for Your Health" Weekend Checklist.

​Learn more about the "Spring Cleaning for Your Health" effort, including a number of resources, public education tools and ways to spread the word about making the home a healthier place, by visiting


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 About Osteopathic Physicians


​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.