Eating Healthy Include plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains in your diet. When you use fat, make sure it's unsaturated. Managing Weight If you are overweight, work with your health care provider to find a healthy weight for you. Getting Exercise You don't have to strain your body to benefit from exercise. Even moderate exercise can help. Breaking Bad Habits You can make lifestyle changes that will help keep your heart healthy and your cholesterol under control. Taking Medication Medication can give you the extra help you need to control your cholesterol. Be sure to take it exactly as prescribed.