Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

Population sodium reduction strategies


SHAKE the salt habit - Technical package for salt reduction

Share the Salt Habit - The SHAKE Technical Package for Salt Reduction

The SHAKE Technical Package for Salt reduction has been developed by WHO in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Salt Reduction at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia, with input from a global network of salt reduction experts. The SHAKE Package has been designed to assist Member States with the development, implementation and monitoring of salt reduction strategies to enable them to achieve a reduction in population salt intake. The SHAKE package outlines the policies and interventions which have been effective in reducing population salt intake, provides evidence of the efficacy of the recommended interventions, and includes a toolkit containing resources to assist Members States to implement the interventions. A shorter document that can be used to advocate for action on salt reduction is also included in the package.

The SHAKE acronym is based around the key areas for action to reduce salt consumption:

  • Surveillance: measure and monitor salt use.
  • Harness industry: promote the reformulation of foods and meals to contain less salt.
  • Adopt standards for labelling and marketing: Implement standards for effective and accurate labelling and marketing of food.
  • Knowledge: educate and communicate to empower individuals to eat less salt.
  • Environment: support settings to promote healthy eating.

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