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Salt Awareness Week

THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT (KDHE) IS PROMOTING WORLD SALT AWARENESS WEEK THIS WEEK TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE LINK BETWEEN A DIET HIGH IN SODIUM AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND TO ENCOURAGE KANSANS TO MONITOR THEIR SODIUM INTAKE. REDUCING SODIUM INTAKE CAN HELP PREVENT OR DELAY HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. A LEADING CAUSE OF STROKE, CORONARY HEART DISEASE, HEART ATTACK AND HEART AND KIDNEY FAILURE IN THE U.S.
ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) ABOUT 90 PERCENT OF AMERICANS EAT MORE SODIUM THAN IS RECOMMENDED FOR A HEALTHY DIET. THE U.S. DIETARY GUIDELINES RECOMMEND LIMITING SODIUM TO LESS THAN 2,300 MILLIGRAMS, WHICH IS EQUAL TO ABOUT A TEASPOON A DAY. PEOPLE AGE 51 AND OLDER, AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND ANYONE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES OR CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE SHOULD LIMIT SODIUM TO 1,500 MG A DAY. KANSANS MAY NOT KNOW THAT MOST OF THE SODIUM THEY CONSUME IS HIDDEN IN EVERYDAY FOODS THAT MIGHT NOT EVEN TASTE SALTY. SODIUM IS ALREADY PART OF PROCESSED FOODS AND CANNOT BE REMOVED.