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Use of Environmental Change Strategies to Facilitate Sodium Reduction: A Case Study in a Rural California School District
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  • Pubmed ID:
    24322814
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC4536950
  • Description:
    Context

    Excess sodium consumption increases the risk for hypertension, which is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease. For children and teenagers, school meals are a significant source of sodium consumption.

    Objective

    To describe the environmental change strategies that were implemented to reduce sodium in the school meals of a rural California school district.

    Design

    Descriptions of the environmental strategies, with an emphasis on staff training and infrastructure improvements.

    Setting

    School district of approximately two thousand 9th- to 12th-grade students in rural, northern California.

    Participants

    School administration and food service staff at the 5 high schools in Anderson Union High School District.

    Intervention

    Shasta County Public Health partnered with Anderson Union High School District to (1) facilitate changes to meal preparation practices, (2) improve cafeteria infrastructure, and (3) provide training and technical assistance to improve procurement strategies.

    Results

    Environmental strategies to reduce sodium in school meals were implemented in 2011. Anderson Union High School District has continued to successfully implement scratch cooking and improve procurement strategies to reduce sodium in school meals.

    Conclusion

    Using an approach that includes environmental change strategies can lead to sodium reduction in a school setting.

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  • Funding:
    U50 DP003071/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    VNM2/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
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