September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Did you know…

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease- the two leading causes of death in the U.S.



Test Your Knowledge

You need to have your cholesterol checked more often if…

a.)       Your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or higher.

b.)       You are a man older than age 45 or a woman older than age 50.

c.)       Your HDL cholesterol is lower than 40 mg/dL.

d.)       All of the above


Answer:  If you’ve answered “D” (All of the above) you are correct!!

You can lower your risk factors by getting your cholesterol checked regularly.


Other ways to help keep cholesterol in check include:

  •   Ensuring a healthy diet- low in saturated/trans fats and high in fiber
  •   Engaging in regular physical activity
  •   Maintaining a healthy weight
  •   If you smoke, consider quitting as soon as possible


For more information on cholesterol awareness, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

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