Heart Health

September: National Cholesterol Education Month

Our bodies need cholesterol to function properly, but too much can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

The American Heart Association recommends adults have their cholesterol checked every 4-6 years, and yearly if diagnosed with high cholesterol, diabetes, or heart disease.

Here’s what you should aim for:


HDL, "Good Cholesterol":

  • Men > 40

  • Women > 50

  • Need to raise your HDL? Exercise!

  • Adults should aim to get 150 minute of moderate physical activity weekly

LDL, "Bad Cholesterol":

  • Less than 130

  • Need to lower your LDL?  Diet change!  

  • More fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats

Ideal Foods:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon, walnuts, and flax seeds

  • Soluble Fiber, such as oatmeal, kidney beans, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears, eggplant, okra and barley