Americans consume significantly more sodium than is recommended – an average of 3400 mg each day, compared to the recommended maximum 2300 mg daily (2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans). Because the majority of sodium consumed is found in processed foods and restaurant meals, food service providers have an especially valuable role to play in ensuring that Americans consume a healthy amount of sodium. Grains, meats, processed poultry, soups, and sandwiches are common sources of high sodium intake.
The Sodium Reduction: Assessment to Action Tools are online tools that help food service providers take action on sodium reduction policies and practices in their own food service setting. The tools can help food service managers, dietitians, chefs – and the public health practitioners they may partner with – to meet goals to serve healthier foods to their customers and clients through simple assessment and action planning processes.
Whether you are just starting this work or looking to enhance partnerships with food service providers to reduce sodium, these resources will help you:
- Assess the food service environment and identify opportunities for sodium reduction, and
- Develop a plan to improve sodium reduction strategies.
To learn more, visit our Getting Started page.