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There's a lot of news about cholesterol these days, and with good reason. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined. A regular exercise routine and good eating habits — along with medication if your doctor recommends it — can keep cholesterol levels under control and lower your risk of heart disease.
 
Heart disease is the biggest health risk Americans face today. If you don’t have heart disease now, you can help prevent it. If you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease, you can keep it from getting worse. Here are the tools to get you started.
 
Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.
 
Health Tip of the Day

A Good Night's Sleep

To ease into a pleasant slumber:

  • Take a warm bath a couple of hours before bedtime. The warmth should help you relax. (Don't take a warm bath immediately before bed, however, because your body needs to cool down for you to fall asleep.)

  • Schedule more time for sleep. Either go to bed earlier or take a nap in the afternoon.

  • Avoid caffeine late in the day. Drink your last cup of coffee by 4 p.m.

  • For a relaxing evening drink, try a glass of milk.

  • Don't do anything energizing close to bedtime. Exercising, paying the bills or anything that causes you to be alert may keep you awake.

  • Avoid sleeping pills. Changing your behavior works better and is less dangerous in the long run.