World Salt Awareness Week - March 12-18, 2018

ALASS Salt Awareness week jpg poster 1 Ind ENGMany people are aware that eating too much salt is bad for their health, but think that it's only a cause for concern in our later years. This isn't true, as eating too much salt during childhood increases blood pressure which then tracks into adulthood and later life, increasing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. That's why it's so important to reduce salt intake across all ages. By doing so we can reduce our risk of heart disease and avoid the unnecessary and extortionate healthcare costs associated with treatment.

However, it is looking increasingly unlikely that WHO member states will reach their target of a 30% reduction in population salt intake by 2025. Therefore this World Salt Awareness Week, the InterAmerican Heart Foundation will be supporting the World Action on Salt & Health by reminding the world of the harmful effects of eating too much salt and highlighting how the salt present in everyday foods can really add up. We encourage individuals and institutions to use the 5 ways to 5 grams infographics to bring salt down to safer levels.  For more information on how you can participate please visit World Salt Awareness Week 2018.