The UK has new salt targets to be met by 2024

In September 2020, Public Health England published the 5th set of voluntary salt reduction targets for the UK, to be achieved by 2024. The salt targets cover 84 specific food categories, 8 more than the 2017 targets. Where there was scope for further reductions, the new targets are progressively lower than previous ones. For the […]

Spot urine samples should not be used to examine sodium‐disease relationships

Published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension on 10 September 2020, Peterson et al. conducted a systematic review on the use of spot urine samples to examine sodium-disease relationships. As part of the Science of Salt series of regularly updated reviews, this study critically appraised relevant studies from November 2018 to August 2019. Only two […]

World Children’s Day Webinar by UNICEF and WHO: 20 November 2020

To mark World Children’s Day on the 20th of November, UNICEF and WHO are hosting a webinar titled “Towards a healthy weight for all children – maintaining momentum in challenging times”. This webinar will focus on the global efforts to prevent childhood overweight and obesity with discussion on the opportunities and challenges to promote early […]

Food, COVID-19 and Sensible Policy: Time to #FixFood

To celebrate World Food Day on the 16th of October, The George Institute hosted a discussion with Professor Dariush Mozaffarian of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Prof Mozaffarian provided a background on the burden of disease due to poor diets, the steps that can be taken to fix diets and food […]

World Stroke Day on 29 October 2020

One in four people will have a stroke in their lifetime. This year’s World Stroke Day focused on the top 10 lifestyle changes to prevent stroke including controlling high blood pressure, eating a healthy, balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight. The World Stroke Organization encouraged individuals to “join the movement” and share dance moves […]

World Heart Day 2020: ‘Share your stories’ campaign by World Heart Federation

On the 29th of September 2020, World Heart Day saw the world become filled with messages of heart-healthy lifestyle change ideas. These messages have reached millions of people around the world thanks to the ‘Share your stories’ campaign initiated by the World Heart Federation. To ‘Use Heart’ by sharing your World Heart Day story with […]

New online course launched on World Hypertension Day, 17 October 2020

The theme of World Hypertension Day 2020 was “Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer”, emphasising accurate measurement, effective control and a healthy long life. The Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization and Resolve to Save Lives hosted an online event and presented a new virtual course and new tools to improve blood […]