The UH Health Center will host a free cholesterol screening for students, staff and faculty Friday to educate participants about the two types of cholesterol and to show how one of these could contribute to cardiovascular disease.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UH Health Center. Any student or staff member with a valid ID is invited to attend. February is the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month, and according to Dr. Scott Spear, executive director and chief physician at the Health Center, the University will offer the free cholesterol screenings so participants can make changes in their lifestyles before it’s too late.

“Epidemiologic studies have shown that elevated cholesterol — elevated bad cholesterol — elevated triglycerides can increase the risk of heart disease or cardiovascular disease and other large vessel disease,” Spear said. “High bad cholesterol is just one of the causes of the vascular disease of the heart.”