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Sodium Reduction in Communities Program

The Sodium Reduction in Communities Program (SRCP) works in both Erie and Niagara County. CCE is partnering with early childhood education centers and colleges/universities to decrease sodium offered in the menu.

In Erie County alone, cardiovascular disease accounts for 32% of all deaths and is the leading cause of death in Niagara County. Reducing high blood pressure can reduce a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Cutting back on sodium intake is one avenue in preventing and reducing high blood pressure. With about 90% of Americans consuming more sodium than recommended, this is a major risk factor for high blood pressure and heart disease. According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adults should aim for 2,300 mg of sodium each day. The SRCP team is working to help communities increase access to low sodium foods and prevent the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

Effective sodium reduction strategies include:

  • Recipe Modification
  • Item Replacement
  • Adopting nutrition standards and policies to make low sodium products a priority
  • Reduce portion sizes
  • Using herbs and spices to flavor foods 

View this  one page resource to learn more about the Sodium Reduction in Communities Program.

Last updated July 20, 2021