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Salt in Processed Foods Focus of the 7th National Forum on Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Date:3/17/2009

e on our journey toward a heart-healthy and stroke-free society."

The panel, on the last day of the three-day forum, entitled "Seizing Opportunities," will be followed by a private meeting between public health and food industry leaders, seeking common ground.

According to the American Medical Association, as many as 150,000 early deaths might be saved annually if consumers reduced their salt intake by half. Because sodium raises blood pressure - which in turn increases the risk of heart disease and strokes - less salt could mean longer lives for many.

The National Forum was established in 2003 to provide a comprehensive public health strategy and a framework to guide health practitioners' and policy makers' actions in heart disease and stroke prevention. It is a partnership of more than 80 national and international organizations working to implement the Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke. For more information on the 7th National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke meeting -"Seizing Opportunities" -- visit its website at www.7thNationalForum.com or www.nationalforum.org


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