Page 7 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - March, 2017
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Cholesterol: The good, bad, ugly 7

Hyperlipidemia or CHOLESTEROL LEVELS in brief
hypercholesteremia is quite
the mouthful, but it is just CONTACT US foods, margarines and egg Time to heal
a fancy name for having too yolks. Choose low-fat or fat-
many fats or cholesterol in the For any questions about your free milk, cheese and yogurt The Women’s Healing Circle
blood. When your cholesterol cholesterol and risk factors options. Eat foods high in fiber runs from 4:30-6 p.m. April 13
is out of whack, this puts or to make an appointment such as oatmeal, oat bran, and 27 and May 4 and 18 in
you at risk for having a heart with one of the health care beans and lentils, along with the Behavioral Health Group
attack or stroke. Below is basic providers, please contact plenty of fruits and vegetables. Room.
information about cholesterol the Chehalis Tribe Wellness
and how to keep your levels Center at 360-273-5504. n Lose excess weight. The group provides a safe
within a range that is going Being overweight affects your environment to talk with
to help prevent life-altering as warranted. However, it cholesterol. people who have been affected
health problems or even death. depends on your health and by domestic violence. Build
family history as to when this n Lack of exercise does not friendships and find support.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat- test should be obtained and help and can lead to struggles
like substance that every cell in how frequently it should be with weight loss. Exercising A craft, meal and child
your body needs. Cholesterol repeated, which might be as at least 20-30 minutes a day care will be provided. Open
also helps to make hormones, often as every six-12 months. more days of the week than to the tribal community
vitamin D and substances It might even be appropriate not is encouraged. and employees. Free and
that aid in digesting food. You for children to get a lipid test. confidential.
need cholesterol to survive. n Quit smoking.
Your body develops its own Simply put, by having low n Control your blood The Chehalis Domestic
cholesterol, but it is also levels of total cholesterol, pressure. Violence Program offers
obtained through some of the LDLs and triglycerides and Medication such as services to tribal members and
foods you eat. high levels of HDLs, you can Atorvastatin and/or taking a community members.
help reduce your risk of having baby aspirin once daily can be
Your body transports a heart attack or stroke. used to help lower cholesterol If you have concerns about
cholesterol through the and protect your heart when healthy relationships, jealousy,
bloodstream in small packages What can you do to appropriate. These options domestic violence or dating
made of fat (lipid) on the achieve optimal cholesterol should be discussed with your violence, please reach out.
inside and protein on the levels to prevent heart attack primary care provider.
outside – otherwise known as or stroke? Cholesterol is a good thing Visit the office: Stop by
lipoproteins. and needed for survival, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-
n Reduce intake of food but when certain types of Friday or call 360-709-1874.
There are two types of that is high in saturated fats, cholesterol are too high or too
lipoproteins: trans fats and cholesterol such low, this can increase your risk Crisis line: Chehalis Tribe
as fatty meats, cheeses, dairy, for heart disease and stroke. Domestic Violence Advocate
1) Low-density lipoproteins certain snack foods, fried Hopefully the above has helped Janita Raham is available at
(LDL): These are considered to define what cholesterol is 360-789-3627. Call or text
“bad” cholesterol because too and steps you can take to keep 24/7.
much of this can build up in yourself healthy.
your blood vessels as plaque USDA Food Program
and lead to a heart attack or
stroke. To sign up for the USDA
Food Distribution Program,
2) High-density call the South Puget Intertribal
lipoproteins (HDL): These are Planning Agency Food
considered “good” cholesterol Distribution Warehouse at
because it absorbs cholesterol 360-438-4216 from 8 a.m.-
from various parts of the body 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
and carries it back to the liver,
which flushes it out of the Many people have
body. misconceptions about the
food offered by the SPIPA
Triglycerides are a type Food Distribution Program.
of fat or lipid found in your It’s not just about the cheese
blood that your body uses for nowadays, though we do still
energy. When your health offer that! There are more
care provider orders a total frozen meats such as bison,
cholesterol or lipid panel pork chops and ham and in-
blood test, it includes HDLs, season fruits such as pears,
LDLs and triglycerides. oranges and grapefuit being
offered now than ever before.
When should cholesterol
be checked? Tribal community members
can get an application from
Generally speaking, Debra Shortman at the Chehalis
everyone should have a Tribal Wellness Center.
baseline “cholesterol or
lipid panel” checked at age The next distribution date
20, then about every five is April 20. Pickup is at the
years if normal or sooner Chehalis Tribal Community
Center from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
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