National Self-Check Month: Get ‘that check-up once a year’


MACOMB, Illinois (News3) — Every February, people across the United States are reminded to take their health seriously as National Self-Check Month is celebrated. 

According to, self-checks increase the odds of avoiding chronic disease and other often preventable conditions, and Beu Health Center Director John Smith encourages Western Illinois University students to receive annual medical examinations. 

“Have that check-up once a year, think about what aches, what hurts, is it normal, does it last a little bit longer than it should if it’s a muscle strain, it could be signs of underlying conditions,” Smith said. 

Smith believes that receiving self-checks is beneficial in the long run because it can lead to a longer, healthier life. 

Students can go through the Beu patient portal or call the health center at 309-298-1888 to schedule appointments.    

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