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Health departments encourage residents to join Sodium Reduction Week activities

WAUKEGAN – As part of Illinois Sodium Reduction Week, March 12-18, public health agencies across the state are joining forces with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of the importance of lowering sodium in one’s diet with the “Break Up with Salt” campaign.  

“Through the ‘Break Up with Salt’ campaign, we hope to encourage people of all ages to make healthier food choices,” Dr. Terry Mason, president of the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, said in a news release.

According to the American Heart Association, Americans consume an average 3,400 mg of sodium per day. A reduction to 1,500 mg per day could result in an estimated $26.2 billion in health care savings, and 500,000 to 1.2 million fewer deaths from cardiovascular disease over the next 10 years, according to the release.

All Illinois residents, schools, hospitals, community- and faith-based organizations – anyone with an interest in healthy living – are encouraged to participate in Illinois Sodium Reduction Week activities on social media:

• Thunderclap – 10 a.m. March 12. Register online now for the Thunderclap to join in broadcasting one unified message throughout Illinois about the benefits of reducing sodium. 

• Facebook LIVE healthy cooking demo – 12:30 p.m March 13. Hosted by Lake County Health Department. In this half-hour presentation, learn to make easy, delicious and healthy recipes from registered dietitians. Like, share and post comments or questions.

• Twitter Chat – 10 a.m. March 14. Led by the American Heart Association Chicago (@HeartChicago). During this one-hour chat, experts will answer questions and share easy ways to cut sodium. Follow the conversation, ask questions or share information using the #BreakUpWithSalt hashtag. 

• #BreakUpWithSalt video – 9 a.m. March 15. Visit Facebook and Twitter to view, like and share a fun video featuring county health departments using cliché breakup lines to break up with salt.

Keep the momentum going March 16, and all weekend long by creating #BreakUpWithSalt posts on your social media accounts.

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