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Sodium-reducing initiatives receive funding from CDC

Posted On Mon, October 4, 2010

A number of Americans consume far more sodium than they should. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average American diet consists of more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day, which is at least 1,100 milligrams more than recommended levels.

A diet heavy in sodium has been linked to several serious health problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease. Furthermore, those with high blood pressure and similar conditions may find themselves paying higher life insurance premiums as a result of the condition.

To help improve peoples' diets, the CDC is awarding five communities grants to help fund salt reduction initiatives. CDC division for heart disease and stroke prevention director Dr. Darwin Labarthe says more awareness on the health consequences of too much salt consumption is needed.

"Sodium reduction is a public health imperative that would benefit everyone," says Labarthe. "We must continue to build the public health capacity for reducing sodium consumption by working on strategies at the national, state and local levels."

Processed meats, frozen dinners, and soups are all high in sodium and should be consumed in moderation.

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