Numbers That Count for a Healthy Heart

Updated:Oct 20,2014



TOTAL CHOLESTEROL
GOAL: Your total cholesterol score is calculated by the following equation: HDL + LDL + 20% of your triglyceride level. A total cholesterol score of less than 180 mg/dL is considered optimal.
Learn more about cholesterol levels.


BLOOD PRESSURE
GOAL: Less than 120/80 mmHg
Learn more about blood pressure.


FASTING GLUCOSE
GOAL: Less than 100 mg/dL
Learn more about glucose.


BODY MASS INDEX (BMI)
GOAL: Greater than 18.5 but less than 25 kg/m²
Learn more about BMI.


WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE
*GOAL: Women: 35 inches or less
*GOAL: Men: 40 inches or less
*if BMI is greater than 25 kg/m²
Learn more about waist circumference.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150
OR
At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75; or a combination of the two
AND
Moderate to high intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week for additional health benefits.
Learn more about physical activity

DIET AND NUTRITION
As you make daily food choices, our Diet and Lifestyle recommendations emphasize eating a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups.
Learn more about our 2013 Diet and Lifestyle recommendations


TOBACCO
Eliminate all tobacco products and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Learn more about smoking.


ALCOHOL
Women: no more than 1 drink per day.
Men: no more than 2 drinks per day.
1 drink = 4 oz. wine, 1 oz. liquor or 12 oz. beer
Learn more about alcohol.