Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DO CANADIANS KNOW THEIR NUMBER? Free cholesterol testing comes to Canada

Know Your Number, Know Your Risk A survey conducted by Becel® found that almost 70 per cent of Canadians – about 20 million people – don’t know their own cholesterol number . Yet it’s estimated that as many as 10 million Canadian adults have a cholesterol level that is higher than the recommended target .

“Knowing their cholesterol number is one easy step that all Canadians can take to help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke, since high blood cholesterol is a key risk factor for the disease,” said Maria Ricupero, registered dietitian. “In fact, women can proactively reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke by as much as 80 per cent by making lifestyle changes and taking action to improve their health.”

To help address this issue, Becel®, in its role as founding sponsor of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth™ campaign, is offering free cholesterol screening tests at eight malls and in more than 200 stores across the country during the month of February. Visit  http://www.becel.ca/  for more information about testing locations and to learn more about heart healthy living, or speak with a doctor about getting a cholesterol test.

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