September is National Cholesterol Education Month. This is a good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. It is also a good time to become educated about lipid profiles as well as lifestyle and food choices that will help you reach your cholesterol goals.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in our body. Our body needs it to function normally. Too much cholesterol can build up in our arteries and eventually narrow them. This puts us at risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., as well as stroke.

The common cause of high blood cholesterol is an unhealthy lifestyle--unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity and smoking. However, heredity, other medical conditions, and some medicines may cause it. Medical conditions which may cause it include diabetes, chronic kidney disease, HIV, obesity, hypothyroidism and polycystic ovary syndrome. If you are diagnosed with high blood cholesterol, treatment may include heart-healthy lifestyle changes and medicines to control or lower it.

Doctors use lipid panels to check the levels of cholesterol in your blood. Healthy blood cholesterol levels differ by age and sex. If you are 20 or older, the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute recommends your total cholesterol should be between 125 and 200 mg/dL, your non-HDL cholesterol level should be less than 130 mg/dL, your LDL cholesterol level should be less than 100 mg/dL, and your HDL cholesterol level should be 40 mg/dL or higher if you are a male or 50 mg/dL or higher if you are a female.

More than 102 million adults in the U. S. have total cholesterol levels greater than 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels. More than 35 million of these adults have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, which puts them at risk for heart disease. And, unfortunately, high cholesterol does not have any symptoms. So, many people do not know that their cholesterol levels are too high. This is why it is important to have your cholesterol levels checked. Men and women over 50 should be screened every 1 to 2 years.

Weekly Activities:

Friday, Sept. 6

Bacon Cheeseburger with Turkey or Ham Sandwich plus leftovers from week.

• Friday Breakfast is open from 7:30 9:30 a.m.

• Lunch is open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 9

Tator Tot Hot Dish.

• 8:30 a.m. - Morning Stretch.

• 9:30 a.m. - Walking.

• 1 p.m. - Bridge.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Fresh Tomato Soup/Ham Sandwich.

• 10 a.m. - Adult Coloring.

• 9:30 a.m. - Card Making class.

• 10 a.m. - Knit & Stitch.

• 12 p.m. - “Hand and Foot” Cards.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Chicken Alfredo over Noodles.

• 8:30 a.m. - Morning Stretch.

• 9:30 a.m. - Cribbage.

• 1 p.m. - Genealogy.

Thursday, Sept. 12

Swedish meatballs.

• 9:30 a.m. - Walking.

• 9:15 a.m. - Memory Cafe.

• 12 p.m. - “500” cards.

Event Happenings:

• Wednesday, Sept. 18: Group goes to see Mama Mia at Chanhassen. Bus will leave at 9:45 a.m. Sharp! We will be picking up group from North Branch at 9:10 a.m. sharp!

• Friday Sept. 20 & Saturday Sept. 21: Fifth annual Lawrence Welk Variety Show. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., meal at 5 p.m. and show starts at 6 p.m. Meal includes: BBQ Ribs with Twice-Baked Potato, Dinner Salad, Relish Tray, Bread Basket, Peat Butter up Delight, Punch-Coffee. Ticket cost is $20. Call 763-689-6555 to make reservations. Proceeds will go to buy light weight tables in Activity Room. Lawrence “Ole” will be the emcee. It’s a great show.

The Senior Activity Center is located at 140 Buchanan St. N., Suite 164, Cambridge, and can be reached at 763-689-6555.

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