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Dietary Sodium - Public Health Law Tools

Description:

The Public Health Law Program (PHLP) provides resources on state governments’ laws and policies related to dietary sodium and sodium intake in various populations. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), excess dietary sodium raises the risk for high blood pressure and its cardiovascular health consequences, including heart disease and stroke, the 1st and 4th leading causes of death in the US. Further, although the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend reducing sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day, the average adult consumes over 3,400 mg.  Persons who are 51 and older and those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease are recommended to further reduce sodium intake to 1,500 mg per day. PHLP and DHDSP created the following resources as part of a longstanding collaboration. 

Toolkit:

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Chronic Disease, Nutrition, Obesity

Jurisdiction:

Institutional Author:

The Public Health Law Program (PHLP)

Submitted:

01/24/2013

Modified:

01/30/2013

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