If you’ve ever worked with patients to help them cut down on sodium, you probably know they need focused strategies and tools to stay on track.

Fortunately, a new resource based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help patients find ways to limit sodium in their diets. Share Cut Down on Sodium [PDF – 821 KB] (also available in Spanish [PDF – 821 KB]) with your patients to help them understand:

The relationships between sodium, blood pressure, and heart disease Recommendations for limiting sodium intake What foods are high in sodium How to find choices lower in sodium

The resource also includes 5 specific strategies and tools people can use to reduce their sodium intake with small changes.…

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is filled with resources that professionals can use to help patients make healthier food choices and establish healthy eating patterns. Get started by reviewing For Professionals: Recommendations At-A-Glance (also available in Spanish). Then follow the tips below to help your patients get 2017 off to a healthy start!
Health professionals are important stakeholders in health and nutrition and share our vested interest at ODPHP in protecting the health of all Americans. We know that healthy eating and physical activity are some of the most powerful tools we have to prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. ODPHP developed a toolkit for health professionals to help share key messages from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines with patients and clients.