The American Heart Association and the Interamerican Heart Foundation Highlight Joint Effort to Reduce Salt Consumption

March 14, 2013 Categories: Advocacy News , Advisories & Comments

Washington, D.C., March 14, 2012 –In honor of World Salt Awareness Week (Mar.11-15), the American Heart Association and Interamerican Heart Foundation released the following statement today:

“The American Heart Association joins with the Interamerican Heart Association to encourage individuals to take a moment to reflect on how important a reduced-sodium diet is to everyone’s cardiovascular health.

As in the United States, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region.  “Less Salt Please,” this year’s theme of World Salt Awareness Week, complements our efforts to work with our partners to create a food environment that decreases the overconsumption of dietary salt in the LAC region. In addition, we are surveying other non-governmental organizations to assess possible participation in future efforts.

In May at the World Health Assembly, world governments will adopt a global target for all adults to consume less than 5 grams of salt per day.  This will be an important tool for governments in the fight against non-communicable diseases.

Together we are working to reduce hypertension and hope to encourage other stakeholders to join us in sodium reduction efforts.  Given the level of sodium in most foods, a multi-sector approach is incredibly important if we are to make an impact. Society’s role in demanding changes in industry practices and advocating for the promotion of effective public policies will be paramount as we battle cardiovascular disease around the globe.  

Our organizations understand that successful sodium reduction requires action and partnership at all levels between individuals, healthcare providers, professional organizations, public health agencies, governments, and industry. In the meantime, remember don’t forget to ask for less salt.”

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Contact: Chris Guizlo (202) 785- 7935

              chris.guizlo@heart.org