Tuesday was "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day", an initiative aimed at encouraging regular medical checkups.
The emphasis started in 2002 with an educational campaign to try to close the health gap among minorities.
Getting regular screenings can help identify problems in the early stages.
"Many of our major problems as we get older can be prevented by just simply early detection," said Wilbert Jones, executive director of Greater Meridian Health Clinic. "Early detection from colon problems to cancer to diabetes. A lot of things can be prevented."
Taking charge of your own health can be as simple as making an appointment to have a checkup. Health experts advise you to get a checkup at least once a year.