Consuming too much salt (sodium chloride) puts Americans at risk for high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart attack and stroke. In 2010, U.S. medical and lost productivity costs from high blood pressure alone were more than $76 billion. Researchers estimate that reducing sodium in the U.S. food supply could prevent more than 100,000 U.S. deaths annually. Beginning in 2011, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention will partner to review what public health policy options are available to help reduce salt in the foods we eat as a means of reducing high blood pressure, its costs and health consequences; and study which options may achieve the greatest consensus among policymakers.
Grant Number: 68397
Funding Date: Mon, 11/15/2010
Researching Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures
Researcher: Amy Winterfeld, J.D.; Janelle Gunn, M.P.H., R.D.