Take Time this Thanksgiving to Discuss your Family Health History

The holidays are a time to gather with family and friends, share memories, and indulge in a festive meal. While you’re around the table with your loved ones this Thanksgiving, take the time for a discussion about your family health history.

Did you know a recent survey found that 96 percent of Americans believe that knowing their family health history is important? But the same survey also found that only one-third of Americans have ever tried to gather and write down their family’s health history.

Since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day, a day for talking about and recording the health problems that seem to run in families. Visit HHS.gov to access the My Family Health Portrait web tool, a handy organizer for leading a discussion about family health history that you can save to your personal computer, share with family members, and print out and give to your family doctor.

Learning about your family’s health history can lead to a longer, healthier future for every generation—and many more happy Thanksgivings!

Visit HHS.gov to access the My Family Health Portrait web tool to get started!