National Nutrition Month® 2018—Make Healthy Eating Delicious and Nutritious
This Year’s Focus
Healthy eating includes eating nutritious foods, but it also means limiting foods high in ingredients, such as salt, that can affect our health when consumed in excess. Most of the sodium we consume is in the form of salt, and while the body needs some sodium, too much can contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease.
The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that Americans consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day as part of a healthy eating pattern. However, nearly 90% of Americans consume more sodium than is recommended. Most of that sodium is found in places other than the salt shaker, such as processed, packaged, and restaurant foods. The good news? There are easy, manageable ways to lower your sodium intake at home, at the grocery store, and in your community!
For National Nutrition Month® 2018, Million Hearts® is encouraging Americans to reduce their sodium intake and make healthier meal choices. All month long, we’ll be sharing sodium-savvy tips and resources to incorporate into your meals!
- Make healthy food choices. Simple food swaps can make your meals and snacks healthier. Look for opportunities throughout the day to add more fruits and vegetables to your plate. Start with these ideas for inspiration.
- Skip the salt; keep the flavor. Replace salt with flavorful spices and herbs, like thyme, rosemary, and pepper. Find a list of recommended herbs and spices [PDF-564K], and then get cooking!
- Decode nutrition labels. Read nutrition labels on packaged foods to see the amount of sodium per serving and choose the lower sodium option. Many canned foods are available in “no salt added” and reduced sodium versions.
- Know before you go. Nearly 25% of the sodium we consume comes from restaurant meals. Knowing the amount of sodium in restaurant food can be a challenge. Check the online menu beforehand and scope out healthy options and substitutions. Ask that no salt be added to your meal and that dressings be served on the side.
Follow Million Hearts® on Facebook and Twitter for recipes, healthy eating tips, and more all month long. You can also visit our Facebook image library for downloadable social media graphics.
Social Media Messages
Educate your social media followers about manageable, easy ways to reduce sodium intake at home, at the grocery store, and on the go.
- Learn how to have a heart-healthy diet by reducing your sodium intake. Need pointers on how to cut back on salt? Follow Million Hearts [tag] for tips and resources! #NationalNutritionMonth http://bit.ly/2k6jp1N
- 9 in 10 Americans eat too much sodium, which can increase your risk for high blood pressure. The good news is that there are easy, manageable ways to lower the sodium in our diets! Learn how with these tips from CDC. #NationalNutritionMonth http://bit.ly/2aXvxfR
- FACT: More than 70% of the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods, not the salt shaker! These tips can help YOU become a sodium-savvy shopper. #NationalNutritionMonth http://bit.ly/2kwqZD9
- Savor the flavor with less salt. Find SALTernatives for the whole family to make your meals healthier! #NationalNutritionMonth http://bit.ly/2kWXXQ6
- Are you a sodium smarty? Take the quiz to find out and learn about ways to lower sodium in your diet! #NationalNutritionMonth http://bit.ly/2mTGTvl
- Learn how to reduce #sodium in your diet with these tips from @MillionHeartsUS! http://bit.ly/2k6jp1N #NationalNutritionMonth
- 9 in 10 Americans eat more #sodium than recommended. Where’s the sodium in our diets? Get the facts: http://bit.ly/2kwqZD9 #NationalNutritionMonth
- Are you a #sodium smarty? Take the quiz to find out & learn about ways to lower sodium in your diet! #NationalNutritionMonth http://bit.ly/2mTGTvl
Take our quiz to see whether you’re a sodium smarty and learn about ways to reduce sodium at home, at the grocery store, and more! http://bit.ly/2mTGTvl
Resources, Recipes, and More
Find delicious and heart-healthy recipes, easy meal plans, and tools to kick off your National Nutrition Month® celebrations!
Sodium Reduction Resources:
Healthy Eating Resources: