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Eat Less Salt
National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI)
ADHS Efforts to help Arizonans Lower Sodium Intake
The Arizona Department of Health Services is joining the National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI) to promote healthy lower sodium choices for Arizonans.
- Supports the national movement and will lead efforts to lower the amount of salt eaten by people in Arizona by 20% over the next five years. Read the letter from Interim Director Will Humble about NSRI in Arizona.
- The New York City Department of Health and Hygiene is coordinating the NSRI.
- Asks the people of Arizona to take action to reduce salt intake.
- Educates health practitioners, seniors, parents, children and all residents about the dangers of too much salt in the diet
- Provides lower sodium content canned vegetables to participants in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program by summer 2010.
- Works through community health centers to decrease the rate of hypertension (high blood pressure) in Arizona. Community health workers/promotoras will provide education on heart disease and stroke with an emphasis on hypertension and cholesterol and coordinate with physicians to provide this education.
- Promotes consumption of foods naturally low in sodium like fruits and vegetables through Arizona Nutrition Network services provided for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program).
- Provides Arizona WIC Program participants monthly with more than $750,000 in fruits and vegetables that are naturally low in sodium.
- Encourages the use of the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) in the treatment of people with high blood pressure.