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NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: Family Health History

National Family Health History Day

A recent survey found that 96 percent of Americans know their family history is important. Yet, the same survey found that only 33 percent of Americans have tried to gather and write down their family's health history.

Let National Family Health History Day (Thanksgiving Day) help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year. 

Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of your family's health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Share your family health history with your doctor. Your doctor can recommend vital screening and also help you create a plan to reduce your risk of disease.