Get a fasting lipoprotein profile to find out what your total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglyceride numbers are.
Calculate your risk for heart disease using the ATP III assessment tool.
Discuss your risk for heart disease with your physician or other health care provider and take steps to reduce the risk factors that put you at risk.
Learn how to read a food label - Choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.
Read High Blood Cholesterol–What You Need to Know to learn what your cholesterol means to you. If you have high blood cholesterol, use "The Guide to Lower Your Cholesterol with TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes)".
Calculate your body mass index (BMI) with the BMI calculator and see how your weight measures up.
Participate in physical activity of moderate intensity–like brisk walking–for at least 30 minutes on most, and preferably all, days of the week. No time? Break the 30 minutes into three, 10-minute segments during the day. Visit the Virtual Fitness Room.
Don't smoke. If you do smoke, contact your healthcare provider to discuss ways in which they can help you quit.