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The mission of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is to provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke.

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CDC's Prevention Status Reports highlight the status of public health policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce important public health problems. Individual reports are available for all 50 states and D.C. on 10 key health topics, including heart disease and stroke.

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Journal of Public Health Management and Practice cover.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice Highlights CDC's Sodium Reduction in Communities Program (SRCP) in a Special Supplement
A supplemental issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice highlights the methods, progress and lessons learned from the Sodium Reduction in Communities Program (SRCP). The SRCP, launched by the CDC in 2010, works on the local level to increase the availability and access to lower sodium foods in settings like schools, work sites, grocery stores, restaurants, and congregant meal programs for older adults.
Sodium and Potassium Intake among US Infants and Preschool ChildrenSodium and Potassium Intakes Among U.S. Infants and Preschool Children, 2003—2010
Most US preschoolers, particularly non-Hispanic blacks,consume too much sodium, and nearly all do not consume enough potassium. Data that suggest that currently breastfed infants consume less sodium than do those who are not breastfeeding merit further investigation.
May is High Blood Pressure Education MonthWhen it Comes to Blood Pressure, Make Control Your Goal
May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. Have you talked about a goal for your blood pressure with your health care provider? If not, do it at your next visit. One of three American adults has high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Learn how to make control your goal.
Surgeon GeneralNew Research Examines Sodium Content in Baby and Toddler Foods
Most pre-packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain high levels of sodium according to CDC Research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions.
Surgeon GeneralU.S. Surgeon General Promotes Heart Health on Tom Joyner Morning Show
On March 13, 2013, U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, promoted heart health—and mentioned Million Hearts™—on the Tom Joyner Morning Show's "Wellness Wednesday" segment. Dr. Benjamin urged the public to join efforts to help African Americans make heart health a priority by controlling their blood pressure and lowering sodium in their diet.
Healthy Heart Tips28 Days to a Healthier Heart
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s enough time to achieve some big improvements in your heart health. Now is the perfect time to get started on a new, heart-healthy game plan. Think about making one small change each week to lower sodium, get active, quit smoking, and control blood pressure to boost your heart health this month.
Worksite Health ScoreCardWorksite Health ScoreCard
The newly released CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) is a tool designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites.
Partnering with Pharmacists in the Prevention and Control of Chronic DiseasesPartnering with Pharmacists in the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases [PDF-386K]
Programs addressing chronic diseases in state health departments and communities can build team relationships through public and private partnerships. This guide serves as a starting point for CDC grantees to build these relationships with pharmacists and other strategic stakeholders.
Sodium Fact Sheets"Get the Facts" About Sodium
CDC is helping consumer “Get the Facts” about sodium with a series of four fact sheets. The new series emphasizes the health risks of exceeding the recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, tips for cutting back daily intake, some surprising sources of sodium in our diet, the role this nutrient plays in our food, and the benefits of from-scratch food preparation versus processed foods.
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