OTTAWA, Nov. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation strongly
encourages the federal government to release sodium reduction targets
in Canada as soon as possible.
"The Foundation was disappointed that sodium reduction targets for
Canada were not announced during yesterday's meeting of federal,
provincial, and territorial health ministers," says Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Canada president Bobbe Wood. "The longer Canada delays
measures to reduce dietary sodium, the greater the risk to Canadians."
The Foundation urges the federal government to establish voluntary
industry sodium reduction targets for packaged foods and an
accompanying monitoring mechanism as soon as possible.
In 2010 the federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health
called for the adoption of the interim goal of reducing the sodium
intake of Canadians to 2,300 milligrams per day by 2016, and the
implementation of voluntary industry targets and monitoring for sodium
Estimates are that almost one in three Canadians with high blood
pressure would have normal blood pressure if there was less salt in our
food. In fact, if Canadians reduced their salt intake by about ¾ tsp a
day, we could prevent approximately one in seven deaths from stroke and
one in 11 from coronary heart disease − resulting in a total of direct
and indirect health care savings of $2.99 billion per year.
"The large majority of salt we consume is found in processed foods and
it's harming our health," says Wood. "Reducing salt would be one of the
most cost-effective interventions to improve health in Canada."
The Foundation also recommends that the health ministers act on obesity
and looks forward to partnering with the government in ending the
growing obesity epidemic.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact
through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion
of healthy living, and advocacy. (heartandstroke.ca)
SOURCE HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF CANADA
For further information:
Eileen Melnick McCarthy
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
613-569-4361, ext 318