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Salt Awareness Week is a welcome opportunity to focus on public health benefits of a healthier diet, says FPH

Salt Awareness Week is a welcome opportunity to focus on public health benefits of a healthier diet, says the Faculty of Public Health

Salt Awareness Week is a welcome opportunity to focus on the public health benefits of reducing our salt intake, says the Faculty of Public Health (FPH).

Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) organises Salt Awareness Week, which runs from 26 March to 12 April. This year the focus is on how reducing salt can prevent strokes ¬– the third biggest killer in the UK.

John Middleton, Vice President for Policy at FPH, said: “We are delighted to support Salt Awareness Week and its aims to reduce the number of people who have strokes.

“Our 3,000 members are public health professionals, many of whom help to reduce strokes by protecting and improving everyone’s heart health. Their work often goes unnoticed by the general public but it is vital in helping to save lives and deliver the aims of Salt Awareness Week.

 “Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for strokes. Our hypertension toolkit can help local multi-agency teams develop and implement strategies and action plans, not only to identify and treat patients with hypertension but also to promote lifestyles and environments to prevent it in the first place.

“Health professionals must play their part in improving health. We also need the government to action by giving consumers clearer labelling on food so that they can see at a glance how much salt is in the food they are buying. That’s why FPH is calling on the government to make the traffic light food labelling system mandatory.”

Written: 27/03/2012 , last modified: 16/04/2012