Consensus Action on Salt and Health

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Supporting events

In the run up to National Salt Awareness Week 2010, leaflets and posters were sent to over 500 people around the UK, including to Health Care Professionals, Children's Food Campaign offices, Trading Standards, Universities, Sports Clubs, Schools and Primary Care trusts throughout the UK encouraging them to organise a supporting event.
Click here for a full list of Salt Awareness Week events around the UK [DOC 314KB] [DOC 314 KB]

Below are some examples of how the CASH resources were put to use around the country:

Blood Pressure Association
The Blood Pressure Association undertook ‘Heart MOT’s’ around Wandsworth and Kingston PCT’s with the messages ‘know your numbers’ and ‘cut your salt intake’.

Bolton Council School Meals and Bolton NHS Primary Care Trust
“On Thursday 4th Feb 2010 we will have a stall about salt awareness week at Ashburner Street Market in Bolton where there will be Demonstrations of CASH recipes & and the chance for shoppers to have a taste. We will also be offering free blood pressure tests & giving advice”

Burnley Borough Council
The CASH Campaign materials for Salt Awareness Week were displayed in all 9 libraries within Burnley for people to see and take to help raise awareness about the dangers of salt.

Browns Foodservice
“Browns Foodservice are quality butchers that deliver meat and meat products to restaurants, hotels and the catering industry across the UK. Browns Foodservice is supporting CASH and National Salt Awareness Week by promoting fresh quality meat cuts that can be prepared and cooked using less salt, such as beef & pork steaks and chicken breasts. As part of our promotion we will also be directing chefs and group buyers to the CASH website so they can request or download any information they might want in order to publicise to their customers”.

Camp Hill Early Years Centre
“Working in partnership with our local Healthy Living Network team, we are holding a joint event of food demonstrations and tasting sessions of dishes which use low or no salt.  There will also be an opportunity for our parents, grandparents, carers and staff to have their weight and blood pressure taken.  There will also be displays on healthy eating and support from the Adult and Community Learning team”.

Capital Glamorgan Consultancy
“We are co-ordinating an event as part National Salt Awareness Week and National Heart Month by sending out e-mails to all staff notifying them about the risk of eating too much salt, along with providing the CASH website address for staff to obtain further information. Capita Glamorgan Consultancy takes the health and wellbeing of our staff very seriously and CASH plays an important role in our awareness programme which highlights major health issues and suggests simple steps which can be taken to achieve a healthier”.

Catering Academy
“As part of Salt Awareness Week we will be replacing table salt with lo-salt and omitting the use of salt in any cooking, using other flavourings and more fresh herbs instead. The great resources sent by CASH will be used to support our week and raise awareness of just how much salt our learners consume, it will be interesting to see if anyone complains about salt replacement and if customers notice that we are not cooking with salt”.

Gateshead Council
“We will be supporting National Salt Awareness Week from Monday 1st to Friday 5th February.  The ‘Health Matters’ stand will be in the Civic Centre foyer all day each day where we will have leaflets on salt, display models, taste tests and low salt recipes.  The aim of the week is to increase awareness of the danger of having too much salt in your diet, to advise on how to identify food products which are low in salt, and how to make small changes to your diet to reduce salt intake.  There will also be a salt quiz which will be a good evaluation tool for assessing hopefully an increased awareness of salt, which will be linked to a prize draw for a healthy hamper.  Catering will be supporting the week by not adding salt to their meals”.

Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
“We are promoting National Salt Awareness Week via an educational stand.  Patients, staff and the public can speak to a Dietitian, learn about salt intake and health and participate in our salt quiz to be in the chance to win a low salt food hamper”.

Isle of Man Department of Education
Primary school pupils in the Isle of Man were made aware of the dangers of consuming too much salt via an awareness-raising campaign. The School Meals Service took advantage of Salt Awareness Week to display literature in 36 schools on health lifestyle choices – an initiative sponsored by Robinson’s Fresh Foods. Click here for more information.

Loughborough University 
“We are raising awareness of Salt & Health during the course of the week, through our Catered Dining Halls (3,000 students) restaurants and other retail outlets. Across locations we are displaying & promoting Salt Awareness, and we are using our internal systems to advertise the web site on television screens in all reception areas”.

Mars used the CASH resources to help promote healthy eating amongst its staff.

Nestle UK
Nestle held a week long Employee Wellness Program educating staff about the importance of salt and your health. Leaflets and posters will be distributed around all Nestle UK sites.

NHS Forth Valley
NHS Forth Valley in conjunction with the 'Healthy Working Lives' team provided 130 workplaces throughout Forth Valley with a Salt Awareness pack including CASH resources, FSA resources and some specially designed 'healthy working lives' resources. Click here for more information.

NHS Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale, CVD Project
“We are holding 3 community events during Salt Awareness Week, we think it is important to raise awareness of salt alongside our CVD work”. 

Suffolk Youth & Connexions Service
“We will be holding an event in the Teenage Health Information Service to highlight and enable young people to gain knowledge of salt and long term damage high levels of salt can have on future health.  There will be a mixture of CASH literature and practical activites for young people to engage in”.

University of Edinburgh Accommodation Services
“Between the 25/1/10 and7/2/10 posters and leaflets displayed will be displayed in all of the universities catering outlets including cafes and accommodation catering outlets”.     

University of West Scotland 
“Many people know of the dangers of too much salt in the diet, but it is useful to keep reminding them so they don't slip back into bad habits.  Salt Awareness Week provides that reminder. We have asked our catering provider (Aramark) to provide Herb Shakers beside the salt and pepper and they are happy to do this on a permanent basis.  Posters will be displayed on our Healthy Working Lives notice boards at all 4 campuses (Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley). Information will be passed to our Student Radio (broadcasting to the whole of the SW Scotland)”. 

A photo from the week
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