Continuing Salt Reduction Efforts on Guam

For Immediate Release

May 9, 2017; 3:45pm

DPHSS Release No. 2017-050

Continuing Salt Reduction Efforts on Guam

In continuation of the Guam Salt Reduction Initiative, the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Consortium welcomes two other restaurants that have joined us in reducing salt intake and consumption on Guam.

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 4:00pm to 5:00pm, The Guam Reef and Olive Spa and the Maine Restaurant will show their commitment by displaying the Salt Reduction trifolds on their dine in tables. These trifolds

educate their customers on the importance of limiting sodium in their diet. The Salt Reduction Action Team (SRAT), a branch of the NCD Consortium’s Nutrition Group will distribute the trifolds to these restaurants/food

establishments on that day as they pledge to remove the Salt Shakers and other salt products (soy sauce, fish sauce, finadene and other salt products) at the dining table and making them available upon customer’s request only.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends no more than 5 grams or 1 teaspoon of salt intake daily. There are many studies showing the correlation of high salt intake and increased incidence of Hypertension and

Stroke: The main risk factors for Cardiovascular Diseases. At present cardiovascular heart disease still remains the number one cause of death on Guam. This is why the application of preventive practices, such as salt reduction is very important.

On November 24, 2015, the first salt reduction trifold table displays were distributed. We are giving credit to the Reef better to not mention a competitor. Presently there are 80 other restaurants that are participating in this nutrition

intervention. The success of the Salt Reduction Initiative led to the creation of other healthy eating interventions such as, Healthy Menu Labeling and Healthy Food Options. These nutrition projects have common goals of promoting

the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables that compliments the salt reduction goal of consuming low sodium food items. These trifolds are available for the restaurants and food establishments that are interested in participating.

For more information, please call the Bureau of Community Health Services at 735-7168