I found this article very good advice:
Note, I do not endorse the web site hosting this article or the doctor who wrote this article in any way. I simply came across this particular article and thought it to be very good advice for the lay person.
Normal and ideal levels of many indicators are listed (much more than just meaningless total cholesterol here)
And I like the way the article includes some easy-to-do home tests you can perform eg/ the heart rate recovery test.