251717 Prevention in action: Sodium and public health

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:30 PM

Larry Appel, MD MPH , Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Sodium's role in cardiovascular disease risk has gained prominence on the national radar, with recent special attention from the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the food industry and the popular media. The purpose of this presentation is to explain the Dietary Guidelines recommendation for sodium intake and elaborate on how sodium reductions may be facilitated by broad public health efforts. Potential benefits of population-level vs. individual-level changes will also be discussed.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 recommendations regarding sodium intake. 2) Identify methods and potential health benefits of implementing Dietary Guidelines sodium recommendations at a population level.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a clinical investigator and physician and have focused my career on prevention and control of elevated blood pressure and its cardiovascular-kidney complications. In the process, I have conducted research on the role of diet, including the effects of dietary sodium intake, on these outcomes. I have also been involved in policy making.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.