Charity Supporters 2011

Men's Health Forum  

"The Men’s Health Forum supports Salt Awareness Week because men feel that so much information about diet is not written for them. We work to help improve health for men and boys including publishing the award-winning range of mini manual health booklets for men"   

British Heart Foundation

"The British Heart Foundation is pleased to support salt awareness week. It is vital that everyone knows what the daily maximums are for salt, how they can find out how much they are eating and what action they can be taking to stay within the limits set. We know that in the UK people are currently consuming too much salt which can, over time, lead to high blood pressure - a key risk factor for heart disease. A single front-of-pack food labelling scheme that allowed everyone to see the content of the food that they are buying at-a-glance would help us all to understand what we are eating and to make healthier choices"

The Stroke Association

"The Stroke Association supports National Salt Awareness Week 2010 as reducing our salt intake is one of the easiest things we can to do to help prevent stroke. High blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for stroke and there is evidence to suggest a high intake of salt can aggravate high blood pressure. Reducing salt intake is simply done: beware of the salt content in every day foods and opt for low salt alternatives"

National Heart Forum - quote coming soon    

Blood Pressure Association

"Eating too much salt is a major factor in the development of high blood pressure, the main cause of strokes and heart disease, and a condition which affects one in three of us in the UK. Although this message has got through to some, many people are simply still not aware of how much salt they eat or that 'low salt' doesn't have to mean 'low taste'. "We want to help everyone understand that reducing salt in their diets brings a whole range of health benefits, including having a positive effect on their blood pressure, which is why the Blood Pressure Association is proud to support National Salt Awareness Week 2010."

Cancer Research UK

"Cancer Research UK is pleased to support National Salt Awareness Week. Reducing the amount of salt we eat can help lower the risk of stomach cancer as well as other diseases.  So it's important to watch our salt intake by keeping eye on food labels and cutting down on high salt foods"

National Obesity Forum

"The National Obesity Forum strongly supports Salt Awareness Week. Salt intake and obesity are both closely linked with heart disease and stroke, and the types of food which cause obesity and its co-morbidities are often the very same foods which contain dangerously high levels of salt. Eating snacks which contain salt, leads to increased consumption of beer and other high calorie drinks, and a vicious circle is created. Combating obesity and high salt intake involves targeting the same foods, and NOF is very committed to collaborating with Salt Awareness Week." 

National Osteoporosis Society

"Reducing salt is recommended for improvements in general health with benefits for the heart and blood pressure, but it could also have benefits for bone health too. A high intake of salt in the diet causes an increase in the amount of calcium lost in urine. The effects of salt on blood pressure may also be responsible for speeding up the body's loss of calcium. As calcium is vital for building bones, anything which increases its loss from our body could impact on bone strength”         

Kidney Research UK 

"Kidney Research UK believe that if everyone is aware of the amount of salt they consume then they can lead a healthier lifestyle and look after their kidneys. We find that if people who suffer from high blood pressure actually reduce their salt intake it could help to slow down any decline in their kidney function. It is important that people pay attention to their kidneys and look after them by eating a healthy diet as they are vital to our overall health. The prevalence of kidney disease is increasing at over 5% each year and we want to educate people that a high-salt diet can lead to kidney problems. This is why Kidney Research UK supports National Salt Awareness Week 2011"

Ménière's Society

"Ménière's disease is a long term progressive condition affecting the balance and hearing parts of the inner ear. Symptoms are acute attacks of vertigo (severe dizziness), fluctuating tinnitus, increasing deafness and a feeling of pressure in the ear. Other vestibular disorders, such as labyrinthitis and BPPV have similar debilitating symptoms of dizziness for sufferers. Salt reduction is widely recommended for many people with Ménière's disease/vertigo, as reducing salt intake is thought to help reduce the frequency and severity of the dizziness."

Asthma UK

"Asthma UK supports National Salt Awareness Week as we know that eating a healthy diet will help keep asthma symptoms under control”

Alzheimer's Society

“Alzheimer’s Society fully supports the work of CASH and National Salt Awareness Week. Too much salt in the diet can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart disease and obesity. All of these conditions increase the risk of developing dementia later in life. 750,000 people in the UK currently have dementia, and the numbers are rising. There is no cure for this devastating disease but there are some simple changes in lifestyle that people can make to help reduce their risk. Reducing the amount of salt in their diet is one important way to achieve this"