History and Impact of the Sodium Reduction in Communities Program

Through the Sodium Reduction in Communities Program (SRCP), communities were funded to implement sodium reduction strategies during three program rounds, spanning 2010 to 2021.

Learn more about the history and outcomes of each round and SRCP’s role in helping people in the United States reduce their sodium intake.

Round 3: Building on Lessons Learned (2016–2021)

History

Round 2: Testing Promising Strategies (2013–2016)

History

Based on lessons learned during the demonstration, CDC awarded funding in 2013 to 10 communities to start and test promising sodium reduction strategies. These communities worked to reduce sodium intake by adding lower-sodium options in worksites, hospitals, meal programs, early care and education settings, and independent restaurants.

Program Evaluation Overview

Each of the 2013 recipients of this program documented their successes in the following areas:

  • Developing nutrition standards, such as worksite-specific or countywide food service guidelines that include sodium limits for meals served.
  • Working directly with food service professionals on reducing the sodium content of foods purchased or prepared in the kitchen.
  • Working with entities that serve or sell food to standardize purchasing of lower-sodium options.
  • Developing salt-free cooking practices.

These strategies increased the number of healthy options available to consumers by lowering sodium content in the food supply.

Round 1: Accepting Sodium Reduction (2010–2013)

History

In September 2010, CDC funded five recipients to conduct community-level sodium reduction work. This demonstration program sought to reduce sodium consumption and find out whether consumers would accept the reduction.

SRCP Journal Articles

SRCP Resources and Success Stories

The SRCP Implementation Guide

This guide draws upon the experiences gained during the SRCP and provides information on how to implement activities related to four key strategies: implementing food service guidelines and nutrition standards; changing procurement practices; making meal or menu modifications; and implementing environmental strategies or behavioral economics approaches.

SRCP Success Stories

Learn more about program implementation and read recipients’ success stories for Rounds 1, 2, and 3.

Sodium Reduction in Communities Program: Outcome Evaluation Toolkit

This evaluation toolkit was developed using CDC’s Evaluation Framework to provide guidance and tools for anyone evaluating sodium reduction activities, especially Sodium Reduction in Communities Program recipients.