Hackettstown Medical Center is dedicated to provide you with the very finest healthcare should sickness or accident occur. But equally important, we want to help you avoid illness in the first place. We have identified 12 vital principles of healthful living to help you achieve that goal. All are interrelated and affect “whole-person health”—wellness of body, mind and spirit. Remember, each of us has “risk factors” that increase or decrease our risk of developing a disease—lifestyle practices, environmental factors, and personal characteristics such as age and family history. You can help minimize these by following a preventive, healthful lifestyle, and by taking tests and screenings that can help you avoid diseases or detect them at an earlier, more treatable stage. Talk to your physician about which you should have, and when.