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World Salt Awareness Week 16-22 March 2015

- By Vivienne Rowland

World Salt Awareness Week is celebrated from 16 to 22 March 2015 by the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH).

WASH was established in 2005 and is a global group with the mission to improve the health of populations throughout the world by achieving a gradual reduction in salt intake. WASH encourages multi-national food companies to reduce salt in their products and works with governments in different countries highlighting the need for a population salt reduction strategy. The overall aim is to bring about a reduction in salt intake throughout the world by reducing the amount of salt in processed foods as well as salt added to cooking, and at the table.

The PRICELESS-SA team from the MRC Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Unit in the School of Public Health, displaying a perfect example of research-to-policy success, worked closely with government policy makers in 2012 on draft regulation on South Africans’ salt intake, which has resulted in a paper which was published in the South African Medical Journal. Read more.

The paper, entitled Reducing sodium content in high salt foods: Impact on cardiovascular disease in South Africa, was co-authored by the Wits academics – Dr Melanie Bertram, Professor Karen Hofman and Professor Steve Tollman – in collaboration with Professor Krisela Steyn from the University of Cape Town and nutritionist Edelweiss Wentzel Viljoen from the University of the North West.

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