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Q: How often do you think I should get physicals?

Tonya says...
If you’re healthy and younger than 40, then every two years. (Women: You should definitely be getting annual Pap smears.) But your family doctor is the best judge of how often you need a check up based on your medical history. You may also want to consider getting a fitness assessment from a certified personal trainer who can measure your body mass index (BMI), a way to find out if you are carrying too much or too little body fat. A great website to get an estimate of your BMI is nhlbisupport.com/bmi—it’s based on a calculation, and the only info you need to enter is your height and weight.

Tonya Rouse Hillenbrand is a certified fitness and nutrition expert, and a former national triathlete and duathlon team member. Send her your health questions here.