Yearly Archives: 2013

The new salt controversy

An article risks misleading people about sodium intake. salt

A recent New York Times article by reporter Gina Kolata calls into question the national guidelines for daily sodium intake, citing a new Institute of Medicine report that examined consequences of sodium consumption and concluded there is insufficient evidence for the health benefits of reducing sodium below 2,300 mg. Many experts, including the American Heart Association, have suggested that all individuals should aim for the low level of 1,500 mg of sodium per day, the amount considered optimal for at-risk individuals but thought to be beneficial for all.

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Bicycling, walking, and hypertension

In honor of World Health Day – April 7, 2013 – Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health Department of Nutrition Chair, participated in a discussion with Dr. Anne Lusk, Research Scientist, and Dr. Morteza Asgarzadeh, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, about hypertension. friends on bicyclesThe discussion, recorded and available as video here, explores the importance of regular physical activity and changes to the built environment that might make it easier to increase levels of physical activity. This video also provides information about how to prevent high blood pressure, and the best environments for fostering healthy behaviors.

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