Excessive sodium consumption is a leading cause of high blood pressure. This podcast discusses the importance of reducing sodium intake early in life to decrease the likelihood of hypertension. Created: 9/11/2014 by MMWR.
Date Released: 9/11/2014. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
A Little Less Salt
Sodium Intake Among U.S. School-Aged Children — 2009-2010
Recorded: September 2, 2014; posted: September 11, 2014
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Excessive sodium consumption is a leading cause of high blood pressure. Reducing sodium intake early in life can decrease the likelihood of hypertension, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Among school-age children, teenagers consume the most sodium. Foods that are the largest contributors include pizza, bread, and chicken nuggets.
Parents — model a healthy diet by eating fruits and vegetables without added salt, check nutrition labels for lower sodium options, and ask for lower sodium choices when eating out. Good dietary habits developed in childhood can last a lifetime.
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