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Question: Should everyone be getting yearly check-ups with a general practitioner?

Answer: For children under 18, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends regular well-child exams by your child’s pediatrician. For adults ages 18-30, a physical exam is recommended every two years and for ages 40+ an exam is recommended annually.

A physical exam may include abdomen, heart, height, weight, neck, vision/color, hearing (forced whisper), blood pressure, pelvic, rectal, hemoccult (stool occult blood), as well as items specific to gender.

For more information, talk with your primary care physician (or family doctor).

Dr. Allison Steinmetz is a physician with Barton Family Medicine. Ask a Tahoe Health Professional is part of the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s Healthy Tahoe initiative. You can email questions to From there questions are anonymously sent to our health professionals.

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