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What You Don't Know About Cholesterol . . .

August 28, 1996

A study done by the National Cholesterol Education Program shows that cholesterol awareness rose 45% between 1983 and 1995. Still, Americans aren't as knowledgeable as they should be about cholesterol: High levels can lead to heart disease. During September--National Cholesterol Month--you can learn more about this silent killer, which can be fought with diet, exercise and, when appropriate, medication. For information, contact the National Cholesterol Education Program, Information Center, P.O. Box 30105, Bethesda, MD 20824-0105, or call (310) 251-1222.

EVENTS

TODAY

* The benefits of sexual activity will be explored in "Sex for Seniors--You're Never Too Old." Free. 1:30-3 p.m. Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Homan Center, Room 120, 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale; (818) 502-2348.

SATURDAY

* California law requires that all children attending school or child-care centers have up-to-date immunization shots against polio, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, measles and mumps. Shots for Tots, sponsored by St. John's Hospital and Health Center and the Santa Monica Rotary Club, offers free immunizations. 10 a.m.-noon. St. John's Hospital, Main Annex Auditorium, Arizona Avenue and 22nd Street, Santa Monica; (213) 891-2822.

BRIEFLY

* The City of Hope National Medical Center is asking for blood and platelet donations. Donors must be 17 or older. No appointment is necessary to donate blood; an appointment is necessary to donate platelets. 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte; (818) 301-8386.

* This health roundup appears on Wednesdays. Items to be considered should be mailed 3 1/2 weeks before the event to Christina Chaplin, Health Watch, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053. Fax: (213) 237-7355.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday August 29, 1996 Home Edition Life & Style Part E Page 3 View Desk 1 inches; 28 words Type of Material: Correction
Health Watch--An incorrect telephone number for the National Cholesterol Education Program Information Center appeared in Wednesday's Health Watch column. The correct number is (301) 251-1222.

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