Health care is about more than treating illness; it is also about keeping people from getting sick. From advice on quitting smoking to checking your blood pressure, preventive health includes dozens of steps that are proven to save lives. Despite this, millions of people do not receive routine preventive care and, as a result, suffer from illnesses that could be prevented. Part of the problem is that many people do not know about preventive health and what steps they need to take.

My Health Checklist bridges this important gap. After you answer a series of questions about yourself and your health history, the website provides you with a "checklist" of recommendations based on your personal risk factors. It also links with other health websites that can help you learn more. The information you enter will not be shared with anyone, so answer each question openly and honestly to make the best checklist for you.

The recommendations in My Health Checklist come from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are updated as the guidelines from the experts change. However, these are only guidelines -- it is up to you and your doctor to determine whether and how they apply to you. My Health Checklist is not designed nor intended to be a substitute for actual medical advice.

My Health Checklist was created by researchers at the University of Chicago and Harvard Medical School and is currently being supported by a grant from the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine. If you are interested in learning more about the web site or have specific comments or questions about it, please contact Dr. Shantanu Nundy at shantanu.nundy@uchospitals.edu or Dr. Gaurav Singal at gsingal@partners.org.

Shantanu Nundy, M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Chicago Medical Center

Gaurav Singal, M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital