Every 29 seconds an American has a heart attack. Even after years of warnings from the medical establishment about fat and cholesterol, 69 percent of us still average cholesterol counts of between 210 and 220, well above the recommended 130. Studies are finding arterial plaque buildup -- which leads to clogged arteries -- even in kids in their late teens. It seems that too much TV and too many Twinkies are taking their toll. "Everybody over 20 should have their cholesterol tested every five years, and if it's over 200, they should check it every two years," recommends dietitian Kathy Stone of the Cleveland Clinic. She also says it pays to know the numbers and to bug your doctor about treating high cholesterol aggressively. "With diet or medication or both, people don't have to have that first heart attack," she notes. She'll give a slide presentation about controlling cholesterol at 7 p.m. tonight at Borders, 9887 Glades Rd., Boca Raton. Admission is free. Call 561-883-5854.
Few rock bands have seen their debut albums spawn as many hits as Bad Company did with its self-titled 1974 release. "Can't Get Enough," "Movin' On," "Ready For Love," "Rock Steady," and "Bad Company" became rock-radio anthems. The blues rockers blew by the sophomore jinx with Straight Shooter, which yielded hits "Shooting Star," "Feel Like Makin' Love," and "Good Lovin' Gone Bad." The title track from Run With the Pack (1976) was the only keeper on that album, and it was basically a rewrite of "Bad Company" with strings and new lyrics added. And if you can name a song from 1977's Burnin' Sky, you're a die-hard fan. The band tried to mix things up with some synthesizers on Desolation Angels (1979), which produced "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy." But after that, the band went on a three-year hiatus. They should have split for good. Rough Diamonds (1982), the band's last album with its original lineup, was terrible. So why is Bad Company performing tonight at 8 p.m. at Pompano Beach Amphitheatre (1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach)? Because The "Original" Bad Company Anthology was recently released, and this tour gives the guys one last chance to feel the power and the glory -- at least that's our guess. Ticket prices range from $25 to $50. Call 954-946-2402.