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Reducing Sodium, Boosting Health for our Nation's Schoolchildren

Posted by Hans Billger, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service in Food and Nutrition
Jul 13, 2015
What's Shaking infographic
USDA’s new infographic depicts the public health importance of sodium reduction, and provides tips for school nutrition professionals on reducing the sodium content of school meals. (Click to enlarge)

Reducing sodium in school meals is an important part of a broader effort to scale back sodium intake for all Americans.  To that end, our nation’s school nutrition professionals are actively working to lower the sodium content in our children’s meals during the school day.  Many schools have already achieved USDA’s sodium targets, thanks to student feedback on menu planning, changes in recipes and products, and sharing best practices with their colleagues.

The benefits of reducing sodium are significant and supported by science, which indicates overconsumption can lead to heart disease and other chronic conditions. Through the What’s Shaking? sodium reduction initiative, USDA has teamed with our partners across the country to make a healthful difference for our nation’s children and for their futures.

USDA is also proud to announce the release of our new infographic for school nutrition professionals, which includes tips to help schools continue making great strides in serving healthy meals with less sodium to children across the nation.

Category/Topic: Food and Nutrition