You are aware that eating too much salt is bad for our health, but there are many people who think that it’s only a cause for concern in our later years.
This isn’t true, as eating too much salt during childhood increases blood pressure which then tracks into adulthood and later life, increasing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. That’s why we are committed to sensitizing not only our children but their families and communities too, to reduce salt intake across all ages. By doing so, we can reduce their risk of heart disease and avoid the unnecessary healthcare costs associated with treatment.
We are happy to share that our project will continue to sensitize children in 16 govt. schools of Chandigarh for another six months. These sensitized children would sensitize their families on the harmful effects of excess salt by delivering key messages on salt reduction.
Taking our project objective further, we are extending our reach to families and communities across the country. Recognizing our efforts over the year, Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked us to provide the tips for salt and sugar reduction, which they will include in its “guide for safe and nutritious food at home”, an important tool to sensitize school children, families and their communities.
We believe that this initiative will surely impact the health outcomes of many lives in the years to come.
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Winter holidays are upon us and we are all looking forward to X-mas and New Year celebrations. This means we will eat lots of salty snacks in parties.
Do you know Indians are already consuming twice the recommended salt intake?
Too much salt can also be hidden in breads, noodles and other seemingly unharmful snacks. Our, new research revealed that dips and crackers are saltier than seawater. Our research found that when certain dips and crackers are combined, a person can consume more than half a day’s worth of salt in just one serve.
Is this an alarming situation? Yes, it is. Excess salt may cause high blood pressure, heart and kidney diseases in human body.
So, watch out for Salt: The Hidden Killer
Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a Healthy New Year 2018
We are happy to share with you that our campaign on reducing salt intake in diet was held in 8 government schools of Chandigarh comprised of various awareness as well as brainstorming and interactive activities on the issue of appropriate salt consumption. With this initiative, we have seen positive changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour related to salt intake amongst school children. There was raised awareness among ~ 4800 school children and they could sensitize their families on the harmful effects of excess salt by delivering key messages on salt reduction while cooking and discretionary salt use at the table. The session with children were synergetic and covered health issues associated with excess dietary sodium intake. Children who participated in the classroom activities enjoyed poster competition, discussions on healthy food and story-telling through theatre.
There were some useful learnings, which have incorporated in our intervention and the project will be rolled out in other 16 government and government aided schools at Chandigarh in January, 2018, whereby sensitizing ~ 15000 children from 6th, 7th and 8th class. The activities will include spreading awareness about “How to reduce salt in food”; maintain record of salt intake and change their attitudes and behaviour related to salt intake.
Your support has led us to step up our efforts to equip children with the knowledge on the dietary sources of sodium in food and promote consumption of healthy foods with a low sodium and high potassium and influence the dietary habits of the children and their parents. The expected outcomes of these activities would be 60% increase in the knowledge about ill effects of excess sodium intake on health; 45% change in the dietary patterns of the school children- from high salt/packaged foods to low salt diet and 20% reduction in the use of salt in cooking practices followed at home.
As always, we look forward to your continued support for the project and help prevent children from developing chronic conditions later in life.
We are happy to inform you that in order to mark the beginning of our project to ‘sensitise 15000 children to reduce salt consumption in India’, we are launching a Salt Literacy Campaign in eight government schools in Chandigarh on 1st September 2017.
We are on a mission to fight habits that are deep rooted-a rigid lifestyle, lack of awareness & exposure to food high in salt. Through this campaign we will increase the knowledge on salt, change the attitudes and behaviour related to salt intake amongst school children.
Since, National Nutrition Week is celebrated each year from 1st September to 7th September ,this year The George Institute for Global Health is partnering with Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh to launch this campaign.
In this campaign, three classes (6th, 7th, 8th) from eight public schools in Chandigarh are selected, including more than 4800 school children. A team of 6 members from PGIMER will facilitate an hour of group/class activity where the objectives will be to introduce nutrition as determinant of health, to sensitise students on high use of salt, to build self-efficacy on measuring salt in diets and to clarify the doubts and misconceptions of the students regarding use of salt.
The learnings from the salt literacy campaign as well as the formative research will be used for developing the intervention program for salt reduction among all schools of Chandigarh.This programme will be extended in 20 other public and private schools in Chandigarh city covering more than 15000 school children.
We are still in the need of funds to cover the expenses of the nutritionist and data collectors. We look forward to your continuous support for raising funds for this project by telling your friends and family about the project or additional donations. Share the link on your social networks or just bring us up in conversations.
Needless to say your involvement in a noble cause like this would go a long way in ensuring that schools take the message seriously and deliver it to their children effectively.
This week, the World Health Assembly has come up with riveting number of decisions, few of which focus on the actions, countries should take to promote healthier diets. All the member countries have giving positive response and have agreed to the content.
One of the portion of the desired changes focus primarily on salt and to reduce its intake in our diet, establishment of a supportive environment in school, hospitals etc. and implement nutrition education and counselling in schools to increase the intake of fruits and vegetables.
One of the methods suggested was to encourage the reduction of salt through inculcating behavior changes among children and adults. The George Institute of Global Health has been actively motivating the reduction of salt via the Salt reduction Project and the same objective to be acknowledged by WHO in its Global Action Plan is a huge step towards changing the food eating habits and reducing salt intake around the world.
Along with this, the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights have also given a positive response to our campaign.Your donations will help us in partnering with several government and private schools to sensitize the children about the ill effects of salt in diets and promote healthy eating habits. We aim to launch the activity in the months of July-August.
We look forward to your continuous support for raisng funds for this project by telling your friends and family about the project. Share the link on your social networks or just bring us up in conversations.
Thank you again, we will keep in touch!
Alpana Saha Head of Fundraising, Development
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