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Image description: About 90 percent of kids ages 6-18 have too much sodium in their diet. You can use these tips to help cut back and pick lower-sodium options. 

Image description: About 90 percent of kids ages 6-18 have too much sodium in their diet. You can use these tips to help cut back and pick lower-sodium options

Cholesterol Education Month

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Too much cholesterol in the body is one of the main risk factor for heart attack or stroke.

Watching your cholesterol intake can be confusing because your body actually needs some of it and not all cholesterol is bad.

There are two types— HDL and LDL. LDL is the bad stuff found in foods with trans and saturated fats.

To keep cholesterol in check, it’s important to

  • eat a healthy diet
  • exercise regularly
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • avoid smoking.

Because it is Cholesterol Education Month, it’s an ideal time to get screened and know exactly what your cholesterol levels are. If you are 20 years old or older, you should be screened every 5 years, and more often as you age.

Share Your Thoughts: New Labels to Help ID Safer Products

From the Environmental Protection Agency

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Image description: Samples of the newly redesigned Safer Product labels.

Do you look for safer cleaning and household products? Did you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a voluntary program that reviews products and allows them to display its Safer Product Label if they meet EPA’s stringent health and environmental criteria?

The EPA is redesigning its Safer Product Label (formerly, the Design for the Environment label) to give it a more modern look and make it clear that labeled products are safer for health as well as the environment.

Learn more and then share your thoughts on whether the potential new labels get the message across and will help you recognize safer products on store shelves. Input is welcomed now through the end of October.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month By Putting Your Health First

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, @HHSgov and @HHSLatino are hosting a live bilingual Twitter chat on Monday, September 15th at 2 p.m. EST. The chat will focus on putting your health first and discuss how to to sign up for health coverage, how to find free resources to help you make healthy lifestyle decisions and how to make a difference in your community.

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any health-related questions and get answers from the experts.

Join us and others from across the government to chat about the health challenges, preventive care and how to take charge of your health.

Use the hashtag #HHMSalud to join the conversation!

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