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FOOD & 
NUTRITION

Black communities consistently face hunger at higher rates than other communities due to social, economic, and environmental challenges. 

The Issue

The Center for Black Health & Equity supports all communities having access to fast food restaurant menu sodium disclosure warning labels on single-item foods or combination meals that are in excess of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Sodium has a direct impact on blood pressure and heart disease, and reducing sodium intake in Black communities reduces our risk of developing heart-related health problems.​​

Why Cuyahoga County? 

What is cut the salt

WHAT IS CUT THE SALT, KEEP THE FLAVOR?​

​The Center for Black Health & Equity (The Center) recognizes that the disproportionate access to healthy foods in Black neighborhoods is a primary determinant of obesity disparity. Additionally, in the U.S., Black people have higher rates of hypertension than their white counterparts. The recommended daily limit for sodium is 2,300 milligrams per the FDA. Unfortunately, many individual menu items at popular restaurants contain more than 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams of sodium. Cut the Salt, Keep the Flavor is The Center's initiative to promote sodium intake education and support policy in Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio, that keeps consumers informed of sodium levels in their food.

Sodium chloride or table salt is approximately 40% sodium. Understanding how much sodium is in salt helps communities take measures to control intake. The following amounts are approximate.

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Cuyahoga County has some of the lowest health outcomes
in the state of Ohio:

  • The prevalence of high blood pressure in Ohio is 34.5%. 

  • Cuyahoga County is ranked among the least healthy counties in Ohio. 

  • 38% of Cuyahoga County adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

  • 38% have high blood cholesterol.

WHY CUYAHOGA COUNTY? 

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EXAMPLE OF WARNING LABEL

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OUR GOAL

The Cut the Salt, Keep the Flavor campaign advocates for the implementation of a sodium warning label policy in Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio. This policy will provide Cleveland residents with the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding their health.

By having access to this information, individuals can effectively manage their sodium intake and reduce the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease and other health complications associated with excessive sodium intake. This proposed sodium warning label policy will help create a healthy Cleveland.

Our Goal

CALENDAR

February Heart Health Month 

March National Kidney Month

May High Blood Pressure Education Month

May American Stroke Month

May National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

November Gastric Cancer Awareness Month

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