Cholesterol is a waxy substance and our bodies use it to make cell membranes and some hormones, but when you have too much bad cholesterol (LDL), it forms plaque in your veins and arteries. These blockages lead to heart disease and stroke. Join us to learn more about the cost of high cholesterol and you can do to control your cholesterol.
A healthy diet is one of your best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease. When you eat a heart-healthy diet, you improve your chances for feeling good and staying healthy for life! Our poor eating habits mean more of us have risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Join us to learn how eating better affects your health and what you can do to eat better.
Daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life. If you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day (like brisk walking), five times per week, you can almost guarantee yourself a healthier and more satisfying life. Please join us to learn more about the price of inactivity and what you can do to get active.
Obesity and Weight Loss
If you have too much fat, especially if a lot of it is at your waist, you’re at higher risk for such health problems as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes. More than two-thirds of our American adult population is overweight, with one-third of us in the obese category. Join us to learn more about why losing weight is important for your health and what you can do to lose weight.
Managing Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is the single most prevalent risk factor for heart disease. Also known as hypertension, which means the blood running through your arteries flows with too much force and puts pressure on your arteries, stretching them past their healthy limit and causing microscopic tears. Join us to learn more about what is the cost of high blood pressure and what you can do to reduce your blood pressure.
Reducing Blood Sugar
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Your body makes a hormone called insulin that acts like a carrier to take your food energy into your cells. When your body stops making insulin or the insulin stops doing its job, your energy supply and blood sugars are no longer stable. Over time, high levels of blood sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves. Join us to learn more about why reducing blood sugar is important for your health and what you can do to reduce your blood sugar.
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