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9/3/2013

Grant will promote options for low-sodium food, reduce health risks

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Tricia Mortell, Public Health
Phone: (360) 397-8000 ext. 7211
tricia.mortell@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA − Clark County Public Health is the recipient of a three-year, $292,500 Sodium Reduction in Communities grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distributed by the Washington Department of Health. The grant will begin Sept. 30 and support Healthy Neighborhood Restaurants, a free, voluntary program for locally-owned, independent restaurants.

Most Americans consume more sodium than recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. High sodium levels from salty foods are a major cause of high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Americans get 77 percent of their sodium from processed and restaurant foods.

Participating restaurants will work with Public Health to offer and promote healthier menu options, including lower sodium foods. Customers can expect these restaurants to offer a variety of healthy choices, a healthier side option at no extra charge and healthy choices for children.

“Market research shows that more restaurant customers are trying to eat healthier food while dining out,” said Tricia Mortell, chronic disease prevention manager. “Restaurant owners on the Healthy Neighborhood Restaurants advisory committee are enthusiastic about the program’s potential to help customers choose healthy food options, while also benefitting their businesses.”

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