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World Salt Awareness Week 2015

World Action On Salt and Health (WASH) runs World Salt Awareness Week every year which receives widespread support from many countries around the world. This important week serves to highlight the importance of reducing salt intake in all populations throughout the world, and all countries are invited to participate; be it holding an event, creating media interest or generating awareness within local communities.

This year Salt Awareness Week runs from 16th - 22nd March and will focus on Children and Salt intake, with an aim of ensuring everyone understands the importance of a healthy start for children. Like adults, children consume more salt than the maximum recommendation. Simple measures need to be implemented to help reduce salt intake and therefore reduce the number of people suffering from cardiovascular disease.

Research suggests that dietary habits in childhood and adolescence influence food choices in later life. A high salt intake in children can influence blood pressure and may predispose a child to the development of a number of diseases including: high blood pressure, osteoporosis, respiratory illnesses such as asthma, stomach cancer and obesity.

As part of the week WASH will be encouraging the food industry to act more responsibly by reducing the amount of salt they add to children's food and to stop advertising high salt food to children. WASH will be developing public health messages, and education programmes to reinforce the message, and will be offering useful information and tips for parents and children on simple changes that can be made to make sure everyone can enjoy a low salt diet.

For more information visit World Action on Salt

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