Category: News

05 Jun 2019

“Food and Water is Life!” – Food Forum in Walgett

Following media coverage last year highlighting the high sodium levels in the bore water used by the community, and previous discussions with community members, a Food Forum was held in Walgett, NSW, Australia. It was hosted by Yuwaya Ngarra-li, a community-led partnership between the Dharriwaa Elders Group (DEG) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The […]

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05 Jun 2019

Sodium Reduction: Assessment to Action

The Health Resources in Action team have recently released an online sodium reduction assessment and action tool kit for food services. The aim of the toolkit is to assist the food service sector to conduct their assessment and then turn their results into an action plan. Areas covered include: food service guidelines and standards, food […]

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05 Jun 2019

Advocacy organisations file a complaint in federal court to Stop USDA’s Weakening of Nutrition Standards for School Meals

In December 2018 in the US, the Trump Administration rolled back nutrition standards for school meals, including sodium and whole grain standards. For sodium, the new rule delayed the date schools had to comply with the first and second sodium reduction target and eliminated the third target. In April 2019, Healthy School Food Maryland and […]

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10 Apr 2019

Fact sheet and call to action on dietary sodium in Canada

Hypertension Canada released a ‘Fact sheet and call to action on dietary sodium’ in January, which received widespread support from Canadian health and scientific organizations. The fact sheet highlights the risk of high sodium intakes, the importance of population sodium reduction, and opportunities for sodium reduction in Canada. The call to action comprises 10 priority […]

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10 Apr 2019

Costa Ricans consuming almost twice the recommended amount of salt

Costa Ricans consume almost double the WHO salt recommendations. The Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Nutrition and Health (Incenses) have co-ordinated two international events to raise awareness of the issue. In February, a workshop “Application of social marketing in the creation of capacities and the reduction of salt intake in Latin America: […]

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10 Apr 2019

Sodium and Potassium Dietary Reference Intake Values Updates- US

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently reviewed evidence and updated dietary reference intake values for sodium and potassium. Adequate intake (AI) amounts have remained unchanged for 14-50 year olds, and increased slightly for adults over 51 years old. For most children’s age groups the AI has been reduced slightly. The tolerable upper […]

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10 Apr 2019

Mid-term evaluation of Malaysia’s National Salt Reduction Strategy

In November last year, with support from WHO, Kathy and Jacqui from the George Institute supported a Ministry of Health workshop in Malaysia to understand the progress of the national salt reduction strategy to date, with a view to providing recommendations for strengthening implementation and monitoring of the strategy in the next two years. The […]

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10 Apr 2019

It’s time for ACTION on salt – World Salt Awareness Week (WSAW), 4-10th March

The theme set by World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) for 2019 WSAW was ACTION. This theme emphasised the need to act given the unacceptably high burden of unnecessary ill health and death due to high salt intakes. WASH and supporters called for action from governments, food industry, health charities and non-governmental organisations, and […]

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14 Jan 2019
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European Salt Action Network restates support for WHO goal of reducing salt intake to 5 g per day or less

The WHO European Salt Action Network (ESAN) released a statement in support of population approaches for salt reduction to prevent cardiovascular diseases. The statement was issued in light of recent publications that have created controversy by questioning the guideline set by the WHO towards a salt intake of 5g per day or less. The statement by […]

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26 Dec 2018
Presentation of results Beijing

Presentations at the International Society of Hypertension in Beijing

Two PhD candidates from the WHO CC team recently presented their research at the 27th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension in Beijing, China. Kathy Trieu presented findings on mean 24-hr urinary salt excretion in two regions of Kazakhstan. These populations had extremely high salt intakes, possibly the highest in the world. The […]

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