In an effort to remind Virginians of the importance of preventative care, the Virginia Department of Health designated Tuesday, "Take a Loved One for a Check Up Day."
"People have been programmed to respond to an illness," says Dr. David Massey.
But the Department of Health is trying to change that by creating special days like the one honored today.
Doctor Massey says when trying to look ahead, sometimes costs rule over care.
"Unfortunately, with our health insurance issues, a lot of that is not reimbursable so people won't come in to just discuss problems such as obesity."
Massey adds encouraging health through family events like today, is the best way to do it.
"Generally, I talk to patients about it being a family issue, if you can get a husband and wife to work together, or a whole family to work together it makes more sense, it’s really a lifestyle that needs to be looked at by the whole family."