The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will launch a Salt Reduction Project next week designed to encourage mothers of pre and primary school children to cook with less salt and buy low salt products, in a bid to prevent adverse health conditions such as hypertension and stroke.
It comes as World Salt Awareness Week will be celebrated around the world from February 29th, to March 6th, under the theme “Look out for hidden Salt”.
This country is one of four CARICOM countries that have been selected to conduct this social marketing project designed to reduce salt intake among a segment of the population using social marketing approaches.
The others countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Jamaica.
The project is a collaborative initiative involving the Pan American Health Organization, Healthy Caribbean Coalition, and the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Social Marketing at the University of South Florida, in the USA.
The official launch will take place at the Kingstown Clinic on March 2nd from 9 am and will take the form of a sensitization session and exhibition to highlight the importance of reducing the amount of salt that is consumed daily, to the internationally recommended intake of less than 5grams or 2000 milligrams from all sources of salt per day.