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Wellness Tip

Tracking Your Family Health History

by Wellness Letter  

To keep track of your family health history, use the computerized My Family Health Portrait from the Surgeon General. It’s easy to use and helps you create a drawing of your family tree and a chart. You can print it out, update it when necessary, and share it with your family and doctor.

Many health problems run in families, so tracking the illnesses of your blood relatives can help you and your doctor identify your risks and take steps to keep you and your family healthy.

This tool does not keep a government record of your information or make it available to anyone else but you. It only provides the software for organizing your information. But if you prefer not to fill it out online, you can get a free print version (in English or Spanish) by calling 888-275-4772.

A version of this article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.

Also see Family History 101.