“With our busy schedules it is sometimes hard to make time for our health, but nothing is more important than the health of you and your family. By setting aside a few hours one weekend this spring, you can take simple steps to make your home a healthier place for you and your family.”
Joel R. Cooper, DO
AOA Board-Certified Family Physician
"Spring Cleaning For Your Health" Weekend Checklist
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) suggests getting started with the following steps:
On Friday, schedule appointments you’ve been putting off with your primary care physician, specialist and other health care professionals, such as your dentist or optometrist. Make a list of questions, including those about medications, vitamins and supplements, physical activity, and diet.
“If you are in need of a new physician, email friends or family or post a Facebook request asking for referrals. You wouldn’t be alone in searching for a physician this way. A recent survey conducted by the AOA found that more than 65% of people relied on word of mouth to find a physician.”
- Joel R. Cooper, DO
Set aside time on Saturday to tackle household chores that will help make your home a cleaner, safer and healthier place. Clean out the medicine cabinet and dispose of old medications and other expired products safely. Replace filters in heating and cooling systems, like your furnace. Wash window screens to remove pollen and mold, and vacuum or wash window treatments.
Spend Sunday purchasing supplies or products needed to maintain a safe and healthy environment in your home, including medicines, first-aid supplies, and sunscreen. Also consider trying fragrance-free, plant-based cleaning products or making your own cleaning products to help minimize asthma or allergy symptoms.
“If you have asthma or allergies, cleaning products and air fresheners can trigger symptoms. Use fragrance-free, plant-based products instead. Do-it-yourself cleaners also are fine to use but be careful not to use anything that triggers your asthma or allergies.”
Amy L. Dean, DO
Board-Certified Internist and Environmental Medicine Specialist
Ann Arbor, Mich.