September is National Cholesterol Education Month
It's National Cholesterol Education Month. Is your cholesterol level in check?
If not, it may be time to visit your physician for a screening.

The American Heart Association (AHA) reminds us that high cholesterol is a leading risk factor for coronary heart disease.

The AHA also notes that making some simple lifestyle changes may be helpful in lowering cholesterol. Check out the following AHA recommendations:
  • Watch your caloric intake by eating a wide variety of foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Eat six or more servings of cereals, breads, pasta and other whole-grain products.*
  • Eat fish, poultry without skin and leaner cuts of meat instead of fatty ones.
  • Eat nonfat or 1% milk dairy products rather than whole-milk dairy products.
  • Enjoy 30 to 60 minutes of vigorous activities at least 3 to 4 days each week.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
For more information on cholesterol, visit the American Heart Association Web site at

*Cereal grains are recommended here in part because they contain fiber, which has been shown in studies to help lower cholesterol. Barley is a good choice when it comes to adding fiber to the diet. For more information on barley and fiber, click here.