Tag: September-October 2020

10 Nov 2020

The association between sodium and blood pressure is influenced by methods of evaluating the completeness of 24-h urine collections

Published in Nutrients on 11 September 2020, Abu Mohd Naser et al investigated whether different methods of evaluating the completeness of 24-h urine samples influences the association between sodium intake and health outcomes. A secondary analysis of three cohort studies from Bangladesh was conducted using cross-sectional sodium intake   and blood pressure measures across several visits […]

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10 Nov 2020

Effectiveness of the Victorian Salt Reduction Partnership’s media advocacy activities

Published in the Nutrition Journal on 16 September 2020, Rosewarne et al evaluated the Victorian Salt Reduction Partnership’s media advocacy activities by determining the extent to which activities contributed to the overall strategy aims and the effectiveness of the activities in gaining media and industry engagement. Guided by Stead et al’s framework for evaluating media […]

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10 Nov 2020

A three-part blog series on Australia’s new food reformulation targets

The George Institute’s PhD candidates, Emalie Rosewarne and Daisy Coyle have published a three-part blog series on Australia’s new food reformulation targets. Topics explored include: how the reformulation program could be better-aligned with international best-practice, how the reformulation targets need to be improved to have a meaningful impact, and the steps the Government needs to […]

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10 Nov 2020

Identifying sodium intake using dietary behaviours

Published in PLoS One on 15 September 2020, Okada and Takimoto conducted a cross-sectional analysis to develop a brief screening method for determining sodium intake in order to raise public awareness of Dietary Reference Intakes in Japan. Self-administered questionnaires from one-day dietary records by a semi-weighed method within the 2015 National Health and Nutrition Survey […]

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09 Nov 2020

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 […]

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09 Nov 2020

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 […]

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09 Nov 2020

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 […]

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09 Nov 2020

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 […]

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09 Nov 2020

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 […]

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09 Nov 2020

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 […]

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