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Sodium Reduction Training Resources


Training can help public health and health care professionals support efforts to reduce sodium intake.

Health professionals can access training materials to learn more about the public health impact of high sodium intake and design programs to reduce sodium in the food supply.

Sodium Reduction Toolkit

CDC's Sodium Reduction Toolkit: A Global Opportunity to Reduce Population-Level Sodium Intake provides 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. The toolkit includes an introduction and 7 self-guided online modules. Available in English and Spanish.

Sodium and Hypertension Residency Training Module

CDC recently launched the Primary Care and Public Health Initiative to foster collaboration among clinicians and public health professionals. The purpose of the Initiative is to develop and deliver public health-focused educational resources for residency training programs and clinical educators through a teleconference and resource package. The most recent teleconference, "Hypertension Prevention, Treatment, Control and Sodium Reduction Policy" highlighted the impact of hypertension on population health, challenges in hypertension control, system-based initiatives to improve hypertension control, the connection between hypertension and sodium, and community and population based changes to promote prevention. The presentation may be accessed here: and additional resources, here:

Webinars and Videos

Salt and Your State
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) hosted discussions on policy options for states and local governments to improve the nutritional content of foods, with a focus on reducing sodium.

Getting to the Source: Establishing an Independent Restaurant’s Relationship with Food Vendors and Suppliers
This video
captures presentations from CDC’s 2011 Sodium Reduction in Communities Program (SRCP) grantee meeting. Panelists describe strategies that state and local health departments should consider when working with restaurants, vendors, and suppliers to reduce sodium in different settings. The topics covered in this video include:

  • Working with Requests for Proposals (RFPs), vendor and supplier contracts, and food specifications.
  • Understanding the power of volume and group purchasing.
  • Creating consumer demand/acceptance.

Soundbites: A Webinar Series on Earned Media
CDC's Soundbites series of 9 webinars, hosted between February 2011 and October 2012, provides technical assistance and support to grantees on how to conduct earned media outreach strategies that generate media coverage of public health priorities, including sodium reduction.

Million Hearts® for Millions of Meals: Reducing Sodium in Home Delivered and Congregate Meals
This webinar highlights the importance of sodium reduction in meals served to older adults, discusses meeting national recommendations for sodium intake in home delivered and congregate meals, and features a case study on successful implementation of sodium reduction strategies in the Meals on Wheels program. A discussion around working with food distributors on sodium reduction is also included.

Salt: I Can't Believe It's Still Controversial
This video from Medscape highlights the link between sodium intake and hypertension, the DASH sodium trial, the challenges of measuring outcomes in sodium studies, why there's still controversy surrounding sodium reduction, and food labels. The video may be found here: Please note if you are not already a member of Medscape you will need to create a free account to view the video.

Helping Children Reduce Dietary Sodium
CDC recently developed this two and a half minute video now available on Medscape. The video highlights sodium intake in adults and children and findings from a recent CDC study indicating children are consuming as much sodium as adults. The video states that top contributors to sodium intake in children's diets include pizza, poultry, and breads/rolls. The video was developed as part of a collaboration between CDC and Medscape to offer guidance directly to Medscape's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. The video may be found here: Please note if you are not already a member of Medscape you will need to create a free account to view the video.

New Sodium Resource Now Available on QuantiaMD
A 10 minute presentation on sodium reduction and what primary care providers, nurses, and registered dietitians can do to help their patients reduce sodium intake is now available on QuantiaMD. The presentation was developed as part of a collaboration between CDC and QuantiaMD, an online community of ~150,000 practicing physicians. The presentation may be accessed here: Please note if you are not already a member of QuantiaMD you will need to create a free account to view the presentation.