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The development of a national salt reduction strategy for Australia

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posted on 01.09.2009, 00:00 authored by J Webster, E Dunford, Rachel HuxleyRachel Huxley, N Li, Caryl NowsonCaryl Nowson, B Neal
Excess dietary salt is a well established cause of high blood pressure and vascular disease. National and international bodies recommend a significant reduction in population salt intakes on the basis of strong evidence for health gains that population salt reduction strategies could achieve. The Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH) coordinates the Drop the Salt! campaign in Australia. This aims to reduce the average amount of salt consumed by Australians to six grams per day over five years through three main implementation strategies targeting the food industry, the media and government. This strategy has the potential to achieve a rapid and significant reduction in dietary salt consumption in Australia. With industry and government engagement, this promises to be a highly effective, low cost option for preventing chronic disease.

History

Journal

Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition

Volume

18

Issue

3

Pagination

303 - 309

Publisher

HEC Press

Location

McKinnon, Vic.

ISSN

0964-7058

eISSN

1440-6047

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, HEC Press