Cholesterol Communications Kit
With the support of health professionals like you, CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is better able to educate the public about cholesterol management.
The social media messages and graphics below can help your audiences understand what cholesterol is and why managing cholesterol is important for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Help DHDSP spread awareness by sharing these resources on your social media pages.
- How and When to Have Your Cholesterol Checked
This webpage introduces cholesterol screening as an important part of staying heart healthy.
- Cholesterol Myths and Facts
Learn the answers to common questions about blood cholesterol.
- Cholesterol Patient Education Handouts
These fact sheets and handouts can help patients better understand how high blood cholesterol affects their health and risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Eat Smart, Move More! [PDF – 324 KB]
This fillable calendar can help people reach their healthy eating and physical activity goals one day at a time.
- The Scoop on Statins: What Do You Need to Know?
This webpage and handout from the Million Hearts® initiative describe what patients need to know about their cholesterol medicines.
Share this quiz to test your audiences’ cholesterol smarts and encourage them to learn more about cholesterol management.
Cholesterol: What is it, and why is it important? Learn why managing #BloodCholesterol is important for the #heart and brain. http://bit.ly/2loCY9m
High blood #cholesterol typically has no signs or symptoms, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about getting your cholesterol checked. http://bit.ly/2AtTuvx
About 38% of American adults have high #cholesterol. You can make healthy lifestyle choices every day to lower your risk. @CDCHeart_Stroke shares how you can get started. www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/prevention.htm
Making lifestyle changes can help keep your #cholesterol in a healthy range. Exercise regularly, avoid foods high in saturated fat, and if you have high cholesterol, take medicines as directed. Learn more from @CDCHeart_Stroke. http://bit.ly/2DLXXMZ
Cholesterol: What is it, and why is it important? Learn why managing blood cholesterol is important for the heart and brain. http://bit.ly/2loCY9m
High blood cholesterol typically has no signs or symptoms but can lead to heart attacks and strokes. That’s why it’s important to have your cholesterol checked by your health care team. All it takes is a simple blood test. Learn more from CDC [tag]. http://bit.ly/2AtTuvx
There are two types of blood cholesterol: LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good”). Too much LDL cholesterol or not enough HDL cholesterol in the body can cause a buildup, called “plaque”, on the walls of blood vessels. http://bit.ly/2kxTyCA
Several factors that are beyond your control, such as your age, gender, or family history, can increase your risk for high blood cholesterol. The good news is that you CAN control many other risk factors through healthy lifestyle choices. Here’s how.
Making lifestyle changes can help keep your blood cholesterol in a healthy range. Start by exercising regularly, avoiding foods high in saturated fat, and taking medicines as directed. Learn more. http://bit.ly/2DLXXMZ
If you take cholesterol-lowering medications, it’s important to take them as directed and to have your cholesterol levels monitored regularly. Talk to your doctor to find a management plan that works best for you. http://bit.ly/2IzTQ89
|National Cholesterol Education Month||September 2022||#CholesterolEducationMonth|
|American Heart Month||February 2023||#HeartMonth|
|National Nutrition Month®||March 2023||#NationalNutritionMonth|
|High Blood Pressure Education Month||May 2023|
|National Stroke Awareness Month||May 2023||#StrokeMonth|
Animated Social Cards and Graphics
Download and share these cholesterol-related social cards and animated graphics on your social media pages.
How Blood Cholesterol Works
These illustrations are intended to highlight the nature of high blood cholesterol in an engaging way that can encourage your audience to learn about cholesterol without feeling intimidated by complex imagery.
Is “bad” cholesterol building up in your arteries? Find out with a simple blood test. Talk to a health care professional about cholesterol screening.
“Talk About Cholesterol”
Share these graphics with your audiences to encourage people to talk to their loved ones and health care team about how they can prevent and manage high blood cholesterol.
- Million Hearts® Cholesterol Management page
This webpage provides the latest cholesterol guidelines and links to treatment protocols and decision aids that can assist clinical teams and their patients in making informed health decisions.
- Million Hearts® Cholesterol Management Protocols
This webpage features evidence-based protocols, a flow diagram of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines to create your own cholesterol management protocol, and a downloadable Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk Estimator.