Making Choices that Lower the Count: Low Sodium Diet #IX:

If you liked this post consider reading my other posts on decreasing sodium in our diets.
Aging Parents, Disease of Aging, and Sodium – Low Sodium Diet: Seniors Get Started in their Eighties – Hospital Cafeteria with No Low Sodium OptionsMaking Sense of Sodium Labels and NumbersFive Lessons Learned About Cutting Back on SodiumCooking and Eating on Vacation  –  We Kept to the Program on Vacation!Figuring Out How to Adjust a Much-Loved Thanksgiving Recipe  – Making Choices that Lower the CountNew Research About American Sodium Consumption

Physicians are asking many of our parents to lower their sodium intake, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some education materials and tips.

The CDC’s monthly public health program, Vital Signs, provides detailed information on public health issues, and its mission is to encourage people to take steps that change behavior and help them lead healthier lives.

The February 2012 report focuses on lowering dietary sodium and includes a downloadable fact sheet with most of the educational information on the Vital Signs site. The graphic below comes from the sodium tip sheet, also downloadable, that illustrates steps that an individual can take to lower daily sodium intake.

The trick, of course, is finding these lower-sodium products in the grocery store, especially challenging for elders, who are less able to go to  several stores to locate the appropriate foods.

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