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NACCHO Commends New York City Department of Health and New Corporate Commitments to the National Salt Reduction Initiative


 

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NACCHO Commends New York City Department of Health and New Corporate Commitments to the National Salt Reduction Initiative
Washington, DC (November 24, 2010)—The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), whose vision is health, equity, and well-being for all people in their communities through public health policies and service, commends the leadership of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the six major food companies that have joined in the National Salt Reduction Initiative to reduce sodium in their products.

"Reducing salt intake is an important public health priority," said NACCHO Executive Director Robert M. Pestronk. "Excess salt consumption contributes to preventable disease and death from heart attack and stroke.  The National Salt Reduction Initiative is a model of cooperation between the private and public sectors to create conditions that help people be healthier."

Local health departments are a cornerstone of the nation's public health defense system. They detect and stop outbreaks of disease, help keep food and water safe, and work with people to create conditions that make a high quality of life possible.  Increasing the accessibility of healthy foods in each community is an important example of how local health departments work with community partners to reduce chronic disease. National initiatives like this one complement other local efforts to create the conditions where health is easier.

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.

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