WOODSTOCK IL— McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) will offer cholesterol screenings at the Woodstock Library, 414 W Judd Street on Saturday, November 2, from 9am-11:30am and at the Harvard-Diggins Library, 900 E McKinley Street, on Wednesday, November 6, from 9am-11am. Appointments are required. The cost is $35.
The screening requires a
12-hour fast and includes total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, fasting
blood glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure and cardiovascular education. For appointments at the Woodstock Library, call
MCDH at 815-334-4536; for the Harvard Library,
Why is cholesterol
important? High cholesterol has a lot to do
with your chances of getting heart disease.
Although it usually has no signs or symptoms, it can
be treated. In fact, high cholesterol, high blood
pressure and diabetes are all major risk factors for heart disease.
Certain lifestyles such as being a smoker, being overweight and
lack of exercise can also put people at a higher risk for developing heart
disease. Everyone can take steps to lower their risk of heart disease and
heart attack by addressing these risk factors.
By quitting smoking, eating
a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight, you
can keep blood cholesterols down. For more information on cardiovascular
disease and its risk factors, visit the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/what_you_can_do.htm.
“Working to prevent disease and promote health and safety for all people of McHenry County since 1966.”