Population sodium reduction strategies
Multistakeholder information exchange forums and technical meetings
As part of the implementation of the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health and the 2008-2013 Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO convened three multistakeholder information exchange forums and technical meetings focusing on three aspects of population sodium reduction strategies:
- Creating environments which enable the reduction of sodium intake. Building on existing experiences, which focused on interventions for consumer education and reformulation of industrially produced foods to enable consumers to make appropriate choices to reduce the total sodium content of their diet.
- Evaluating and monitoring population sodium consumption and sources of sodium in the diet. This focused on identifying the appropriate tools and protocols that are effective to monitor and evaluate population sodium consumption and sources of sodium in the diet.
- The role of fortified salt in iodine deficiency prevention. This focused on analysing how the two strategies (salt reduction and iodine fortification) can efficiently and effectively work together for the benefit of populations affected.