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ADVISORY: Teleconference Today at 2 P.M. EDT

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 General News J E 4
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Government Action to Reduce Salt Intake Urged Following Report from the Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine has issued a report with strong recommendations on how to reduce salt in the food supply and diet. Senator Tom Harkin, Representative Rosa DeLauro, and two leading advocates for diets lower in salt will hold a teleconference for news media at 2 p.m. EDT today to discuss the next steps government should take to reduce Americans' salt intake. To put the IOM's recommendations into context, CSPI is making available lists of some of the saltiest packaged and restaurant foods in America.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a nonprofit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety. CSPI is supported largely by the 850,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and by foundation grants.

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- April 20/

Who: Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D. Dr. Stephen Havas, adjunct professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Legislators and salt experts react to the Institute of Medicine's report on how to reduce Americans' salt intake. CSPI will provide lists of especially salty packaged and restaurant foods. Too much salt in the diet, particularly in packaged foods and restaurant foods, leads to high blood pressure, which in turn promotes heart disease, stroke, and What: other health problems. When: 2 P.M. EDT Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Dial: (877) 258-2113 and enter passcode 70269100 Dial *1 on keypad to enter question queue

SOURCE Center for Science in the Public Interest
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