The UK Salt Challenge
What is it going to take to get action?
Wednesday 16 March 2022
The UK Salt Challenge
What is it going to take to get action?
Wednesday 16 March 2022
SPECIAL EDITION ROUNDTABLE
Strong evidence shows that salt reduction is the single most cost-effective strategy to improve population health. While the UK were once world leaders in salt reduction, today it falls behind many other countries, coming at a great expense to our health. In fact, we’ve not seen any significant reductions in salt intake in the UK since 2008/09 and the average salt intake is still higher than the target maximum of 6g per day.
What could lack of Government action mean for public health in the UK? What can we do to move the dial?
During Salt Awareness Week 2022 (14th – 20th March), this special edition roundtable discussion looks at the importance of preventive measures and the role that we can all play in ensuring a healthier future.
During this event, leading experts will cover:
- The successes and failures of salt policy in the UK, and how it compares to other countries
- Salt intakes and the impact on public health
- What next for salt reduction? What steps can we take to get action?
WATCH THE WEBINAR TO
GAIN CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF:
- Sources of salt in the UK diet and its impact on public health
- Feasibility of salt reduction in processed foods
- Importance of reformulation for preventing ill health, particularly in the most vulnerable groups
BE AWARE OF:
- The current public health nutrition landscape, and where salt reduction fits in
- Salt reduction policies in the UK, the successes and failures of the current system
- The barriers faced around reformulation and how to overcome them
BE ABLE TO:
- Identify key contributors of salt in the UK diet in different population groups
- Offer practical and culturally relevant tips to reduce salt consumption
- Reflect on how we can collectively influence policy change
Please note, webinars are not intended to be used by non-medically qualified individuals or as a substitute for, or basis for any medical treatment.
Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP
Professor Graham MacGregor
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London
Graham has made a major lifetime contribution to salt reduction in the UK and worldwide through the expert groups Action on Salt and World Action on Salt, Sugar and Health (WASSH), which have worked with governments, the food industry, and researchers to take on structured plans for salt reduction.
He was instrumental in the setting of voluntary salt reduction targets in the UK and contributed to the setting and monitoring of salt targets in other countries, such as Portugal, Australia, and South Africa. He has since continuously advocated for salt reduction by keeping pressure on the Department of Health & Social Care and the food industry to continue to reduce the amount of salt added to food.
Juliette Kellow RD
Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Consultant
Juliette is a registered dietitian and a member of the British Dietetic Association. She’s worked in the NHS and for the food industry, and is the former editor of magazines Slimming and Top Santé, and the former editorial director of Healthy Food Guide. Juliette writes for many magazines and newspapers, works with many food PR agencies and is a consultant nutritionist for several food brands.
Nutritionist, writer, journalist, consultant
Amanda is a registered nutritionist with a postgraduate diploma in dietetics from King’s College, London University where she read a year of Human Environmental Studies and went on to gain a 2:1 BSc degree in nutrition.
As president of the Student Nutrition Society, on completion of her degree course, she spent a further 18 months at King’s to be awarded a post-graduate diploma in Dietetics and the Associateship of King’s College (AKC).
Amanda is a member of the British Dietetic Association; The Association for Nutrition and The Guild of Food Writers and am a Visiting Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine and Oxford Brookes University, where she lectures to both under and postgraduates on corporate nutrition and nutrition in the media.
Amanda is winner of the 2019 Health and Vitality Special Achievement Honours and HFMA Health Writer of The Year award, and has twice been voted the most influential health professional in the UK. She has over 25 years of experience of working in the area of nutrition.
Partner and Health Manager, John Lewis Partnership
Jo has worked in the Waitrose Nutrition & Health Team for 12 years.
Working as a nutritionist in retail has given Jo the opportunity to really understand the way people eat. After completing her PhD in diet and cancer risk in Cambridge, she was a Senior Nutrition Scientist at the BNF.
Registered Associate Nutritionist, Researcher, Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London
Kimberley works as part of the Obesity Policy Research Unit to deliver policy recommendations to the Department of Health and Social Care from independent, qualitative research projects. Research areas have included: how low-income families engage with their food environments; how the food environment influences people engaged in weight management and what influences parents’ decisions around infant feeding. She is particularly passionate about improving the food environment and public health through policy change.
Kimberley is also a nutrition consultant specialising in weight management, helping clients to make sustainable lifestyle changes and form healthier relationships with food. Previously, Kimberley was a teacher and Head of Department for languages in the UK and internationally before undertaking a career change to nutrition with an MSc in Global Public Health Nutrition.
Chair: Dr Sarah Jarvis
Dr. Sarah Jarvis has over 30 years’ experience working in the NHS. After training in medicine at both Cambridge and Oxford, she became a GP in an inner-city London practice.
In addition to her “day-job”, Dr. Sarah Jarvis is a well-known face in the media and comments regularly on health issues for shows including BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show and Good Morning Britain.
Dr. Jarvis believes passionately in helping people to take control of their own health and making sure that everyone has enough reliable health information to allow them to make informed decisions.
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This roundtable has been kindly supported by Action on Salt and Blood Pressure UK
About Action on Salt
Action on Salt is a group of specialists working to reduce the salt intake of the UK population, to prevent deaths and suffering from heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, osteoporosis and stomach cancer.
This year’s Salt Awareness Week (14-20 March), Action on Salt are calling upon government and the food industry to help Shake the Salt Habit.
Action on Salt Needs your Help Now… it will only take a few seconds
Please help us by signing an open letter to Boris Johnson calling for mandatory action on salt. We are an 18K strong community at MyNutriWeb and can help in getting as many people as possible in co-signing which will be sent to the Prime Minister after Salt Awareness Week at the end of the week.
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About Blood Pressure UK
Blood Pressure UK is the only UK charity dedicated to lowering the nation’s blood pressure to prevent stroke and heart disease. They raise awareness of high blood pressure to find the millions of people in the UK who don’t know they have it, and provide information and support to bring it under control. Our vision is for everyone to know their blood pressure numbers in the same way they know their height or weight and take steps to keep them healthy, both now and in the future. Go to the Blood UK website for further details including membership and plenty of resources.
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