“Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets:
The Pressure is on to Keep Blood Pressure Down”
On September 9, CDC’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention released the latest issue of Vital Signs (http://www.cdc.gov/
vitalsigns/), which focuses on reducing sodium in children’s diets. We are sharing the information below and attached on behalf of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Thank you for your continued partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and for sharing the release of our new CDC Vital Signs report, “Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets: The Pressure is on to Keep Blood Pressure Down.” The report, issued today, shows that 9 in 10 U.S. school-aged children eat more sodium than recommended. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
This message contains links to several Vital Signs materials, including the Vital Signs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articleand a four-page consumer fact sheet.
We ask you to join us in sharing this information and encouraging action. Please consider:
Sample messages and images for these types of activities are attached for your use or can be found here. We also appreciate your willingness to focus your Twitter chats in September on the topic of reducing sodium in children’s diets. Every meal is an opportunity to reduce the amount of sodium our children eat. The actions we take now to improve heart health, reduce sodium intake, and lower elevated blood pressure in children will continue to make an impact on the health of future generations.