According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 102 million American adults have high levels of LDL cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol. Only about one in every three adults with high LDL cholesterol has the condition under control.
High cholesterol can cause clogged arteries and lead to serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke. Become a cholesterol education leader this September by supporting National Cholesterol Education Month efforts.
- Visit the American Heart Association’s webpage for cholesterol education. Learn about cholesterol and how to lower high levels of the substance.
- Offer to sponsor a heart-healthy potluck salad lunch at a local physician’s office. Be sure to include and promote plenty of vegetables, fruits and lean meats instead of the usual fatty fare.
- There are several things people can do to lower their cholesterol risk and therefore lower their risk of heart attack or stroke. Host a free community education class on heart health or nutrition. Call 866-232-6477 for individual component pricing.
- Sponsor a fundraiser walk to benefit the American Heart Association. Encourage patrons of senior centers and senior-related programs to participate.
- Begin an outreach to your community’s minority populations by reaching out to ethnic, faith-based and civic groups about how lifestyle and diet can put them at risk for heart disease and other complications. Start by distributing African American and Hispanic-focused educational pamphlets from the National Institutes of Health.
- While teaching your community about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on cholesterol levels, provide your audience with great recipes provided free by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.