The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, December 16, 2010:
Don't you hate it when someone says to you…YOU NEED TO…? How aggravating is that! Because it's inevitably something they want you to do or something important to them but not necessarily something you want to do or maybe something you even care about.
Let me apologize upfront. I am going to use those three little words. As you're filling your gift list this year…you need to… add yourself to the top of that list. You need to… gift yourself the time and effort to put you and your health first now and in 2011. I know you're busy taking care of others…at work…at home…in the community. Perhaps, too busy to know the numbers that can save your life…your blood pressure…your cholesterol numbers…HDL, LDL and triglycerides and your resting blood sugar number. So many of us in Alabama are diabetic…but don't know it.
There are free screening clinics throughout the year in Birmingham. Doctor visits take time and money, but it could be the most important time and money you spend this year. Be good to yourself by taking care of your health.
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