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Salt Awareness Week 2018

Our 19th National Salt Awareness Week will take place Monday 12th - Sunday 18th March 2018 and this time we will be focusing on families!

Many people are aware that eating too much salt is bad for their health, but think that it’s only a cause for concern in our later years. This isn’t true, as eating too much salt during childhood increases blood pressure which then tracks into adulthood and later life, increasing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. That’s why it’s so important to reduce salt intake across all ages. By doing so we can reduce our risk of heart disease and avoid the unnecessary and extortionate healthcare costs associated with treatment.   

Over the course of the week we will be reminding people about the harmful effects of eating too much salt and highlighting how the salt present in everyday foods can really add up. In the UK we currently eat more salt than is recommended, and a big part of that is due to the high amounts hidden in the food we buy. That’s why we are calling for more action from the food industry and out of home sector to reduce the amount they add, and to provide us with healthier choices lower in salt. We also encourage the public to play their part and make simple changes to their eating and purchasing habits. Through this collaborative effort we are sure to improve the nation’s diet, and in doing so save many more lives and millions of pounds in health care costs.  

During the week we will also host a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons to discuss the future of salt reduction in the UK, with attendees from the Department of Health, NGOs and the food industry.
If you’d like to get involved with Salt Awareness Week 2018 you can! Help us to spread the word about salt and its effects on health by organising your own event and we’ll send you some posters and leaflets that you can use. Further information about how you can sign up and pre-order resources will be available shortly.     

More details will be released in the coming weeks, please check back soon or follow us on Twitter @cashsalt 

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