Local health educators educated children in the intervention group and the normal health lessons were replaced by lessons on salt reduction
(a 40 minute lesson every 2 weeks--a total of 8 sessions).
initiatives have been very successful in the UK, France, Finland and the US and have resulted in a drop in stroke and heart attacks concomitant with a drop in salt intake levels in processed foods like bread.
Engagement with companies producing cereals, gravies and soup mixes, consumed in high quantities in SA, is needed for a comprehensive salt reduction
The current government salt reduction
targets are due to end in 2012 and so far no announcement has been made regarding the agreement of new salt reduction
targets beyond 2012, so National Salt Awareness Week couldn't be more timely.
Graudal said the growing number of studies questioning the net benefit of salt reduction
meant public health officials should look again at their guidelines.
lists 37 national food companies which have failed to sign up to a series of voluntary pledges, such as salt reduction
in food and calorie labelling.
is high on the agenda and initiatives such as the 2012 salt reduction
targets in the UK have increased consumer awareness of the need to improve dietary intakes.
Dietary salt reduction
, improved diet and physical activity, reduction in hazardous alcohol intake, and universal access to essential drugs and technologies were also listed as top global NCD priorities by the Lancet NCD Action Group, an informal collaboration of academics, practitioners, and civil society organizations, and the NCD Alliance (www.
The majority of Butterball's products already fall within the National Salt Reduction
Initiative's (NSRI) 2014 guidelines--which aim to reduce the salt in packaged foods by 25% by 2014--but the Garner, N.
Last year, the National Salt Reduction
Initiative, based in New York City, got more than 20 major food manufacturers to pledge to cut the amount of salt they use.
This year, Australian health officials worked with the food industry to set salt reduction
targets for cereals, breads and other baked goods.
The patients who had hypertension and were on diuretic therapy also benefited from salt reduction