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The key to to lowering your high cholesterol by adopting a healthier lifestyle is to start small, and take one baby step after another. After awhile, these small changes can add up! Focus on knowing why you want to change, what habits you want to change, and then picture success.

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When you have high cholesterol, there's a lot you can do to lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Eat heart-healthy foods. Be more active. Get to a healthy weight. And don't smoke.

Changing habits isn't easy. And those changes can feel like big ones to tackle. But you can do it. The key is to start small. By taking one small step after another, you can improve your habits and make a big difference in your risk. That's the power of small changes.

When you're ready, you can use this information to get started.

  • Identify why you want to change. An important part of successful change is having your own reasons. Think about making a change in your habits, and ask yourself:
    • What's one reason to change that means a lot to me?
  • Decide which habit you'll change. Now think about a change you could make to move toward a lower risk of heart attack or stroke. Ask yourself:
    • What's an important healthy change I'd like to make?
  • Choose your first small step.Think about the small steps that would help you reach your larger goal. Make these steps specific and within your reach — things you know you can do. Ask yourself:
    • What are some small steps I could take?
    • Which step do I feel most confident that I can take?
  • Picture success. Imagine it's a month from now and you've made the healthy change you chose. How will you feel about your success?

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