American Heart Month

February 12, 2018

Employee Benefit & HR News

Nine out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium every day.  The American Heart Association recommends we consume no more than 1,500mg of sodium per day and most Americans consume more than 3,400 mg per day.

The American Heart Association states the following six popular foods can add high levels of sodium to your diet:

  • Breads & rolls
  • Pizza
  • Cold cuts and cured meats
  • Sandwiches
  • Canned soups
  • Chicken

This may come as a surprise as not all of these popular foods may seem high in sodium. The best way to know how much sodium a food contains is to read the label on the package before purchasing or consuming. When reading food labels, look at the percent daily value (%DV) for sodium per serving. If it’s more than 20%, the FDA considers it a high sodium food.

Reducing sodium intake is an easy thing YOU can do to help prevent hypertension and thus heart disease. To celebrate American Heart Month this February, give salty foods less room on your plate to take care of your heart.

For more information on how to #breakupwithsalt visit here:

Information contributed by Rachel Frichtl, a dietetic intern. Rachel spent time at J.W. Terrill learning about community nutrition and corporate wellness.

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About Diane Andrea

Diane is the Wellness Consultant for J.W. Terrill. Diane is a registered and licensed dietitian and certified health coach with over 20 years experience in the wellness field.

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