Let’s Get Physical Ryan Braun December 7, 2021

Let’s Get Physical


By Rebecca Ammerman, UC UCEDD

Getting a yearly check-up from your doctor is important to help you stay healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic has made a lot of things different in our lives, one of which is seeing a doctor, nurse practitioner, or staff member at a clinic, even when we feel healthy. Your appointment may be in person or it may be virtual. If your appointment is virtual, you will talk to a healthcare professional by phone or computer.

At your check-up, sometimes called a physical, your healthcare professional will take your temperature and check your weight. They will ask questions about your life and how you are feeling. It is important to be honest so you can receive the best care possible. 

If you have not already gotten your COVID-19 or flu vaccines, your healthcare professional may recommend that to you. The COVID-19 and flu vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent you from getting sick. Getting your vaccines can also help keep the people around you healthy. 

If you have any health concerns or questions for your healthcare team, it can be helpful to write them down or make a note somewhere. This will make sure you don’t forget them during your appointment.

Reach out to your doctor or health clinic to schedule your yearly visit to make sure you stay healthy. If transportation is difficult, you can ask about a virtual or a telehealth option. If you need help finding a healthcare professional, contact your county board of developmental disabilities.

Learn more about virtual/telehealth visits at ohiof2f.org/telehealth-resource.

The University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD) is a local resource for education, research and service to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities. Learn more at ucucedd.org.