The Long Island chapter of the American Heart Association (AHA) is asking people to pledge to cut back on salt to improve their heart health and lower their blood pressure. By signing an online pledge, they declare their intent to take control of what they and their family eat and to reduce the sodium content in their food. According to AHA, high salt intake contributes to bloating, heart disease, stroke, and a number of other health problems.
AHA provides advice and tips for cutting back on salt on its blog, which is regularly updated with articles about the salt content in food and ways to flavor it without salt. For example, a recent article, shows how a new survey found that fast food in the United States has as much as 20 percent more sodium than similar items sold at fast food restaurants in other countries. The survey also contained encouraging data indicating that the sodium level in some foods has been decreasing in the past few years.
The Long Island chapter of the AHA hosts events throughout the year to teach people about heart health and raise money for research. Janet Ward a senior associate and managing attorney in the closing department at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., is a member of the Long Island chapter’s Go Red for Women Luncheon Committee.