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Title: Cholesterol Control Handouts for Session 1: What's My Risk?
Physical Description: Fact Sheet
Creator: Bobroff, Linda B.
Publisher: University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2003
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General Note: "First published: November 1999. Revised: December 2003."
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FY234 Handouts for Lesson 11 WHATS MY RISK? Linda B. Bobroff2 1. This document is FCS8642, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Ext ension Service, Institute of Food and Ag ricultural Sciences, University of Florida. First published: N ovember 1999. Revised: December 2003. Please visit the EDIS web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu 2. Linda B. Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, prof essor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extensio n Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florid a, Gainesville, 32611. Reviewed by R. Elaine Turner, PhD, RD, and Samuel F. Sears, Jr., PhD, University of Florida; Tina B. Allen, MS, Columbia County Extension Service; and Marcia Zabor, M.S., formerly of Marion County Extension Service. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportuni ty/affirmative action employer authorized to provide research, educational, information and other services only to individuals and instituti ons that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For inform ation on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service office Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences / University of Florida / Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean


Getting to Know You FIND SOMEONE IN THE GROUP: Whose favorite color is blue: __________ ____________________ Who has been to Californi a: ___________ ___________________ Who has a dog: ___ ______________________________________ Who sings in a choir: ________________ ____________________ Who likes to fix things: __________________ ________________ Who works out at a gym: ______________ __________________ Who likes to cook: __________________ ____________________ Who enjoys dancing: Who likes broccoli: Who has more than 2 children: Cholesterol Control Session 1, Handout 1 FY234-S1, H1


Identifying Risk Factors Someone I know who has had corona ry heart disease (CHD), a heart attack, or high blood cholesterol: ___________ ____________________ Characteristics of this person that might have increase d their risk for their condition are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Circle the characteristics that are CONTROLLABLE (that the person could change) Cholesterol Control Session 1, Handout 2 FY234-S1, H2


Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease High Blood Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia) High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Smoking Lack of Exercise Male Gender Stress Obesity Older Age Family History (Genetics) Cholesterol Control Session 1, Handout 3 FY234-S1, H3


Healthstyle All of us want good health, but many of us do not know how to be as health y as possible. Health experts now describe lifestyle as one of the most important factors affecting health. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 7 of the 10 leading causes of death could be reduced through common-sense changes in lifestyle. Thats what HEALTHSTYLE is all about. Its purpose is simply to tell you how well you are doing to stay healthy. The behaviors included in HEALTHSTYLES are recommended for most adult Americans. Some of them may not apply to persons with certain chronic disease or handicaps, or to pregnant women. Such pe rsons may require special instructions from their physicians. Cigarette Smoking If you never smoke, enter a score of ten fo r this section and go to next section on Alcohol and drugs. Almost Always Sometimes Almost Never 1. I avoid smoking cigarettes. 2 1 0 2. I smoke only low tar and nicotine cigarettes or I smoke a pipe or cigars. 1 1 0 Smoking Score Alcohol and Drugs Almost Always Sometimes Almost Never 1. I avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or I drink no more than 1 or 2 drinks a day. 4 1 0 2. I avoid using alcohol or other dr ugs (especially illegal drugs) as a way of handling stressful situations or problems. 2 1 0 3. I am careful not to drink alcohol when taking certain medicines (for example, medicine for sleeping, pain, colds, and allergies) or when pregnant. 2 1 0 4. I read and follow the label directions when using prescribed and over-thecounter drugs. 2 1 0 Alcohol & Drugs Score Eating Habits Almost Always Sometimes Almost Never 1. I eat a variety of foods each day, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, Cereals, lean meats, dairy products, dry peas, beans, nuts and seeds. 4 1 0 2. I limit the amount of fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol I eat (including fat on meats, eggs, butter, cream, shor tenings, and organ meats such as liver). 2 1 0 3. I limit the amount of salt I eat by cooking with only small amounts, not adding salt at the table, and avoiding salty snacks. 2 1 0 4. I avoid eating too much sugar (especially frequent snacks of sticky candy or soft drinks). 2 1 0 Eating Habits Score Cholesterol Control Session 1, Handout 4 FY234-S1, H4-A


Exercise/Fitness Almost Always Sometimes Almost Never 1. I maintain a healthy weight, avoiding overweight and underweight. 3 1 0 2. I do vigorous exercises for 15-30 minutes at least 3 times a week (examples include running, swimming, brisk walking). 3 1 0 3. I do exercises that enhance my muscle tone for 15-30 minutes at least 3 times a week (examples include weight lifting and calisthenics). 2 1 0 4. I use part of my leisure time partic ipating in individual, family, or team activities that increase my level of fitness (such as gardening, bowling, golf, and baseball). 2 1 0 Exercise/Fitness Score Stress Control Almost Always Sometimes Almost Never 1. I have a job or do other work that I enjoy. 2 1 0 2. I find it easy to relax and express my feelings freely. 2 1 0 3. I recognize early, and prepare for, events or situations likely to be stressful for me. 2 1 0 4. I have close friends, relatives, or ot hers whom I can talk to about personal matters and Call n for help when needed. 2 1 0 5. I participate in group activities (such as worship services and other community activities) and/or I have hobbies that I enjoy. 2 1 0 Stress Control Score Safety Almost Always Sometimes Almost Never 1. I wear a seat belt while riding in a car. 2 1 0 2. I avoid driving while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. 2 1 0 3. I obey traffic rules and the speed limit when driving. 2 1 0 4. I am careful when using potentially harmful products or substances (such as household cleaners, poisons, and electrical devices). 2 1 0 5. I avoid smoking in bed. 2 1 0 Safety Score Cholesterol Control Session 1, Handout 4 FY234-S1, H4-B


What your Scores Mean to You (By Section) SCORES OF 9 AND 10 Excellent. Your answers show that you are aware of the importance of this area to your health. More important, you are putting your knowledge to work for you by practicing good health habits. As long as you continue to do so, this area should not pose a serious health risk. Its likely that you are setting an example for the rest of your family and friends to follow. Since you got a very high score on this part of the questionnaire, you may want to consider other areas where your scores indicate room for improvement. SCORES OF 6 TO 8 Your health practices in this area are good, but there is room for improvement. Look again at the items you answered with a Sometimes or Almost Never. What changes can you make to improve your score? Even a small change can help you achieve better health. SCORES OF 3 TO 5 Your health risks are showing. Would you like more information about the risks you are faci ng, and about why it is important for you to change these behaviors? Perhaps you need help in deciding how to successfully make the changes you desire. In either case, help with eating habits, exercise and fitness, and stress control is availa ble through the Cholesterol Control program. For help with other areas, contact other resources in your community. SCORES OF 0 TO 2 Obviously, you were concerned enough about your health to fill out HEALTHSTYLE but your answers show that you may be taking serious a nd unnecessary risks with your health. Perhaps you ar e not aware of the risks and what to do about them You can easily get the information and help you need to improve, if you wish. The rest is up to you. Adapted from Healthstyle Test, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public health Service, DHHS Pub lications No. (PHS) 81-5-155. Cholesterol Control Session 1, Handout 4 FY234-S1, H4-C


Goal for the Week Make an appointment with your doctor to have your BLOOD CHOLESTEROL and BLOOD PRESSURE levels checked if you have not done so in the last year. Cholesterol Control Session 1, Handout 5 FY234-S1, H5


My Commitment to Change I, ___________________________, am willing to change my behaviors that I learn may be increasing my risk for co ronary heart disease. To learn more about risk factors and for practical tips on how to apply the recommended changes in my life, I will attend all of the Cholesterol Control sessions. I will teach others about what I learn in Cholesterol Control since taking the role of teacher can increase my own knowledge and commitment to change. I will make changes in my personal co ntrollable risk factors as recommended in the program. I will call the Extension office, a fr iend, or someone else if I need encouragement as I make changes in my life. _________________________________________ SignatureDate _________________________________________ Witness signatureDate Cholesterol Control Session 1, Handout 6 FY234-S1, H6


Tip of the Week Be aware of any risk factors that you may have, and work on changing those behaviors to increase your heart health. Cholesterol Control Session 1, Handout 7 FY234-S1, H7