McARTHUR — The Vinton County Health Department will hold a free community cholesterol screening on the lawn in front of the courthouse in McArthur on Monday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body produces to make hormones and Vitamin D. It is found in every cell in your body. However, too much cholesterol can build up in the arteries to your heart and increase your risk for heart disease, or in other arteries leading to a stroke.

Lack of physical exercise, a diet high in deep-fried or processed foods, meat, dairy products or baked goods, and smoking can increase your cholesterol level.

Adults 20 years or older and children starting between 9-11 years of age should have their cholesterol checked every 5 years. Older adults need their cholesterol checked every 1-2 years.

Desirable Cholesterol levels are the following:

  • Total cholesterol: Less than 170 mg/dL
  • Low LDL (“bad”) cholesterol: Less than 110 mg/dL
  • High HDL (“good”) cholesterol: 35 mg/dL or higher
  • Triglycerides: Less than 150 mg/dL

Steps to lowering your cholesterol include eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking.

Call the health department at 740-596-5233 for more information.

sdawes@vintoncourier.com; @sydneydawes_95

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