Contributed by: NAPSA
Tips On Managing Cholesterol With Diet And Exercise
(NAPSA) - There's actually some good news for those at risk for heart disease. Experts say there are several risk factors for heart disease that can be controlled through a combination of behavior and diet. One of the more important of these factors is blood cholesterol.
Know Your Numbers
Stay on top of your health by getting your important numbers checked regularly by a doctor or a nurse.
These include blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, BMI (body mass index) and blood pressure.
Another way to help manage your cholesterol is to get some physical activity every day to help keep your heart strong. Regular exercise also helps to boost your levels of HDL. It can also help to maintain a healthy weight, which makes your heart's job easier while lowering stress.
Chronic stress can strain the heart, just like extra weight. Try healthy ways to vent stress, such as breathing exercises.
Diet And Cholesterol
The American Heart Association recommends a heart-healthy diet as one way to help manage your cholesterol. Such a diet includes:
Here is a recipe that uses Cheerios as part of a heart-healthy snack. You can pack individual servings of this snack in small containers or plastic bags for family members who are on the go.
Prep Time: 5 Minutes - Start to Finish: 5 Minutes
In large bowl or resealable food-storage plastic bag, stir all ingredients.
Store in airtight container.
To learn more, visit www.my pyramid.gov, www.cheerios.com/ forAdults/cholesterol/cholesterol_ home.aspx and www.american heart.org.
Serving Size: Makes 14 1/2 Cup Servings
Nutritional Information: Per Serving: Calories 210 (Calories from Fat 90); Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 3g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 110mg; Potassium 240mg; Total Carbohydrate 26g (Dietary Fiber 3g); Protein 5g
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