Each year Action on Salt organise a national 'Salt Awareness Week' and an international 'World Salt Awareness Week' to help raise awareness of the damaging effect of too much salt to our health. The UK's Salt Awareness Week has now been running for 19 years, with each year having a different theme.
The annual campaign is our chance to talk directly to the general public, shining a light on the hidden salt in our favourite food products and encouraging those who don't want their food, and their children's food, laden with unnecessary salt to take action. We produce posters, leaflets and factsheets, which are then made available for order by hospitals, GP surgeries, health charities, schools, universities and anyone with an interest in salt, food or health! These resources are intended for local community events during the week, or for display year round in pharmacies and GP surgeries, helping our salt reduction messages reach a wide range of people. Last year there were more than 300 supporting events up and down the country.
In previous Salt Awareness Week campaigns, Action on Salt have held a lunch time reception at the House of Commons. These prestigious events are a chance for our message to be heard by MPs, food retailers, food manufacturers and other supporters and stakeholders. It also gives the food companies a chance to show how they have been reducing salt in their products.