National Cholesterol Awareness Month

National Cholesterol Awareness Month
Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough
SAC’s Enrichment Center
September is designated National Cholesterol Awareness Month by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a good time to get your cholesterol tested. Since high blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, blood cholesterol screening is the only way to know one’s risk.
Cholesterol is a fatty chemical found mainly in foods that come from animals. When LDL cholesterol, known as “bad” cholesterol, is elevated, it is associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease. LDL lipoprotein deposits cholesterol on the artery walls, causing plaque. Over time, cholesterol plaque causes thickening of the artery walls and narrowing of the arteries, a process called atherosclerosis.
Our blood cholesterol level is affected not only by what we eat, but also by how quickly our body makes “bad” cholesterol and disposes of it. The most important factors which determine whether your LDL cholesterol level is high or low include: hereditary, diet, weight, physical activity, age, sex, alcohol, and stress.
High blood cholesterol affects over 65 million Americans. Lowering high cholesterol or maintaining a healthy cholesterol level can reduce the risk for heart attack or stroke. Ways to maintain a healthy cholesterol level include:
• Engage in physical activity.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Follow a heart-healthy diet.
• Use medication individualized for you based on your health and medical history.
You may have inherited high cholesterol or have high cholesterol because of your diet or lifestyle–but the only way to find out is to get it tested. So, since September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month, this is a good time to get your cholesterol level checked and take steps to lower it if it is high.
Thursday, Sept. 14
• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.
• Noon – “500” cards.
Friday, Sept. 15
• 7:30-9:30 a.m. – Breakfast.
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Lunch.
Monday, Sept. 18
• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.
• 9 a.m. – Cruise on Lake Harriet.
• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.
• 1 p.m. – Bridge.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
• 9:30 a.m. – Crocheting.
• 10 a.m. – Adult Coloring.
• 10 a.m. – Knit & Stitch.
• Noon – “Hand and Foot” Cards.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.
• 9 a.m. – Cribbage.
• 10:45 a.m. – DayTrippers Play, Monkey Business.
• 1 p.m. – Medicare Seminar.
Thursday, Sept. 21
• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.
• 10:15 a.m. – Pegs & Jokers.
• 9:15 a.m. – Memory Coffee Hour.
• Noon – “500” cards.

Upcoming Events
• Monday, Sept. 25: Cruise down the Mighty Mississippi. Leave from SAC’s Center at 9 a.m. and board the Jonathan Padelford River Boat at 10:30 a.m. Great history lesson, great food and great entertainment.
• Tuesday, Oct. 3: Tour of Minnesota Capitol. Call 763-689-6555 to sign up. We will take in another attraction around the Capitol, take a tour of Summit Avenue and then find a fun place to dine.