We launched our salt reduction initiative this week http://www.azdhs.gov/salt/. The overall goal is to get Arizonans to reduce their salt intake by paying more attention to the Sodium line in the nutrition facts and being a better- by selecting foods for the family that are lower in sodium.
Sodium can increase your blood pressure and the chances of you having a heart attack or stroke… and heart disease is the leading cause of death in Arizona. National dietary guidelines recommend that many adults eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day. For best health, some adults should eat no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day, and you should really pay attention if you’re over 40, are African American or if you already have high blood pressure.
Most people think that they get their salt mostly from adding it with the shaker- but in reality, 80% of the salt that we get is from processed foods. That’s the reason why it’s so important to read the label and buy foods that are lower in sodium.
Start today and become a “Champion for Change” to cut back on your sodium intake. A Champion for Change” is anyone that makes healthy changes in their home or community. Being a Champion is about being committed to keeping you and your family healthy.
You can begin today by looking at our salt education resources on the www.eatwellbewell.org web site, pledge to eat less salt, and signing up for email alerts and pledge to reduce your salt intake.