Sodium Reduction Toolkit: A Global Opportunity to Reduce Population-Level Sodium Intake


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to present the Sodium Reduction Toolkit: A Global Opportunity to Reduce Population-Level Sodium Intake. The toolkit is designed to provide international and national government agencies and public health organizations with a brief overview, tools, and information for developing and implementing sodium reduction programs, policies, and initiatives aimed at lowering sodium intake.

Course Overview

The toolkit offers seven modules, including an introduction outlining the objectives for each topic in the series. The modules include a list of suggested top 10 resources as well as the option to provide feedback through a brief survey.

You do not have to view each module in order; however, the Global Impact of Sodium on Health module is recommended as a starting point following the Introduction.

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An introduction to the toolkit and the objectives of each module.

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Global Impact of Sodium on Health
Cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide.

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A biomarker is a biological molecule found in body fluid or tissues that is a sign of dietary intake.

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Policy Interventions
Policy interventions can create long-lasting system-wide changes related to sodium reduction.

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Indirect Estimation and Dietary Assessments
These methods are used to assess population and individual food and nutrient intake.

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The Food Supply
A comprehensive and up-to-date food composition database is important when identifying the main sources of sodium in the food supply.

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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors
Monitoring knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors helps tailor sodium reduction programs and initiatives.

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Knowledge Translation
Knowledge translation may ensure that current data, best practices, and evidence-based strategies are transformed into policies.

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Instructions for Completing Evaluations

  • At the conclusion of each module, there is a 5-minute survey to assess your satisfaction.
  • Please click on the link, which goes to Survey Monkey, and complete the survey.
  • Click “Done” to submit your answers.

Course Developers

The course was a collaborative effort among CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) and the Center for Global Health. The technical developers of the course are Palladian Partners, Inc. The course is provided free of charge from the DHDSP Salt web site.

Salt vs. Sodium

Please note that throughout the modules, the term “salt” (sodium chloride) is not synonymous with the term “sodium.” Modules in this series use the term “salt” when referring to sodium chloride and sodium when referring to dietary sodium. A list of conversions for salt and sodium appears below:

  • 1 mmol sodium = 23 mg sodium
  • 1 g sodium = 43.5 mmol sodium
  • 1 g salt (sodium chloride) = 390 mg sodium
  • 1 tsp salt = 6 g salt ≈ 2,400 mg sodium = 104 mmol sodium = 104 mEq sodium

To convert mmol to mg of sodium, chloride, or sodium chloride, multiply mmol by 23, 35.5, or 58.5 (the molecular weights of sodium, chloride, and sodium chloride), respectively.

Disclosure Statement

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