Black communities consistently face hunger at higher rates than other communities due to social, economic, and environmental challenges.
The Center for Black Health & Equity supports all communities to have access to fast food restaurant menu disclosure warning labels on single-item foods or combination meals that are in excess of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). This ingredient has a direct impact on blood pressure and heart disease, and reducing our sodium levels will reduce our risk of developing these health problems.
Why Cuyahago County?
WHAT IS CUT THE SALT, KEEP THE FLAVOR?
The Center for Black Health & Equity recognizes that the disproportionate access to healthy foods in Black neighborhoods is a primary determinant of obesity disparity. 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 for Americans' health, many individual menu items at popular restaurants contain more than 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams of sodium.
Sodium chloride or table salt is approximately 40% sodium. Understand just how much sodium is in salt so you can take measures to control your intake. These amounts are approximate.
Cuyahoga county has some of the lowest health outcomes
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?
EXAMPLE OF WARNING LABEL
The Cut the Salt, Keep the Flavor campaign is focused on the implementation of a sodium warning label policy in Cuyahoga County Cleveland, Ohio. The objective of this policy is to 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 too much sodium intake. This proposed sodium warning label policy seeks to create a healthy Cleveland.
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