Tag: June-August 2020

11 Sep 2020

MONGOLIA: Raising salt awareness in the western region of Mongolia

Mean estimated population salt consumption in the western region of Mongolia is 15.4 g/day; triple the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended daily maximum of 5 g/day and much higher than the national average of 11.1 g/day. To tackle this disparity, Mongolia has implemented several activities in line with the framework, “Improving knowledge and awareness on […]

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11 Sep 2020

High sodium and low potassium intakes in Kazakhstan using 24-h urinary sodium excretion

Published in the European Journal of Nutrition, Trieu et al analysed the data from two cross sectional surveys that collected 24-h urine samples from participants aged 25-64 years to estimate mean sodium and potassium intake and describe dietary knowledge and behaviour among adults in two different regions of Kazakhstan. The study found the weighted mean […]

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11 Sep 2020

Salt reduction initiatives in Africa: A systematic review

Published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Tekle et al conducted a systematic review to document salt consumption patterns, the implementation status and potential impact of salt reduction initiatives in Africa. From 38 studies included, the review found that the mean estimated salt intake in African adults ranged from 6.8 g/day to 11.3 g/day. Salt […]

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20 Aug 2020

Potassium-enriched salt substitutes nationwide in China are estimated to have significant population health benefits

Published in the British Medical Journal, Markland et al used comparative risk assessment models to estimate the effects of nationwide replacement of discretionary salt with a potassium-enriched salt substitute on morbidity and death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adults living in China. Additionally, a separate model was conducted to estimate harms related to salt substitute […]

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20 Aug 2020

The effectiveness and feasibility of Taxes on Salt and Foods High in Sodium: what’s the evidence?

Published in Advances in Nutrition, Dodd et al conducted a systematic review to investigate the effectiveness and feasibility of salt taxation as a policy measure to improve population health. The review searched peer-reviewed and grey literature published between January 2009 and October 2019. A total of 18 relevant studies were reviewed, consisting of modelling (n=8), […]

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20 Aug 2020

Estimated social return on investment of Salt Reduction programs in Australia

The George Institute commissioned Health Technology Analysts Pty Ltd to assess the benefits of implementing policies or community interventions to reduce nationwide salt intake in Australia. Economic modelling was conducted using the Social Return on Investment (SROI) framework to assess broader socio-economic impacts of varying levels of salt reduction through three types of salt reduction […]

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20 Aug 2020

Major food companies contribute more than 50% of household dietary sodium purchases in Australia

Published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Coyle et al conducted a cross-sectional study to identify the relative contribution that food companies and their products made to Australian household sodium purchases in 2018, and to examine differences in sodium purchases by household income level. One year of grocery purchase data from […]

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20 Aug 2020

LINKS toolkit: Resources for Healthy Public Food Procurement

LINKS (a collaboration between WHO, the CDC Foundation and Resolve to Save Lives) recently published a toolkit of resources for healthy public food procurement policies – these policies ensure that foods procured or served in public settings contribute to a healthy diet. Resources include implementation guidance and examples of policies from around the world, and […]

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20 Aug 2020

How effective is the Eat Mediterranean Program in Portuguese schools?

Published in Nutrients, Rito et al evaluated the Eat Mediterranean program (EM) that aimed to eliminate dietary inequalities in school children. The EM program was implemented over two school years in 25 Portuguese schools within two municipalities. A pre-intervention evaluation of school menus was conducted, analysing 39 school meal samples collected from 10 kitchens that […]

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20 Aug 2020

WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO EURO) released new country support package to aid salt reduction

In late July the WHO EURO office launched a new package to support countries in the European region to reduce salt consumption. The support package provides a step-by-step guide on developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating salt reduction programs. It is hoped that this support package will encourage countries to either reinforce of further pursue salt [...]
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