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Challenge Yourself! Take the Sodium Swap Challenge

by Corinne O. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Did you know that on average, American adults consume about 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day?  That is more that twice the American Heart Association recommended limit!   This excess sodium can lead to high blood pressure which increases your risk for heart disease and stroke.  Much of the sodium in the American diet is "hidden" in food that doesn't even taste salty


Do you want to change your salty ways?  The American Heart Association wants to help.  We have recently introduced the "Sodium Swap Challenge," a program designed to help indivduals reduce their daily sodium intake in only 21 days.  The program targets "The Salty Six;" bread and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poulty, soup, and sandwiches.


The program challenges participants to make small changes each week for 3 weeks to reduce the amount of sodium they are consuming each day.  In the process, participants will learn how much sodium is in the foods they eat and how to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.


For more information about the "Sodium Swap Challenge," please visit our website at www.heart.org

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