A Reminder from UTHSC Family Nurse Practitioner Marie Bredy:

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Any time something is free—do take advantage of it, especially pertaining to good health.


Primary prevention is key to averting the development of diseases. Our insurance coverage allows for free annual physicals, blood work, vaccinations, immunizations, screenings, coaching and more. Continuing relationships with your medical providers is necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

If a follow-up appointment is recommended or scheduled—keep it. Falling behind creates a gap in therapeutic management. Don’t let the next visit be in the hospital after a heart attack. The more you come in, the better, so you receive the best possible care on the front end.

Marie Bredy, DNP, is a family nurse practitioner with the University Health Services clinic at the UT Health Science Center. The clinic serves students, employees and families of UT employees.