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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – September 2010

Learn to Create a Family Health History

Format: Web Site
Institute: National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Library of Medicine (NLM)

At your next family reunion or gathering, consider discussing a different type of family tree—your family health history. Knowing what diseases and health conditions run in the family can give you, your children, and your grandchildren clues about your risk factors. A family health history also can be a useful tool to help health care providers assess your health risks and recommend preventive steps.

To find out how to collect, organize, and use information about your family's health, visit Creating a Family Health History, the newest topic on the NIHSeniorHealth Web site. NIHSeniorHealth is a health and wellness Web site from NIA and NLM designed especially for older adults.

Next Steps

You can read Creating a Family Health History at For more health and wellness information for older adults, go to

This page last reviewed on October 17, 2012

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