The Coronary heart Basis of Jamaica and the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) have partnered to host Salt Consciousness Week 2021 beneath the theme Extra Flavour, Much less Salt.
The weeklong actions, which is able to run March 8-12, 2021, purpose to encourage the implantation of evidence-based interventions to scale back salt consumption within the inhabitants and to coach individuals about hypertension and different risks of consuming an excessive amount of salt.
The digital occasion, which individuals are inspired to view through YouTube, will see displays by Nutritionists Melinda Henry and Francine Mahfood amongst others who will spotlight the difficulty of the “hidden” salt in lots of processed merchandise and the difficulties that customers face to search out decrease salt choices.
Karlene Morrish-Cooke, Communications Officer on the Coronary heart Basis of Jamaica says she hopes the actions will encourage individuals to return to creating home-cooked meals greater than they eat out.
“We wish to encourage individuals to return to creating their very own meals. That approach they know precisely what they’re consuming, primarily since you can be shocked to know simply how a lot sodium is within the meals you purchase,” Morrish-Cooke mentioned.
“It might not appear harmful now, however hypertension is a severe concern, it is usually a situation that may be averted, and chopping again on salt is likely one of the most cost-effective methods to take action, that is what we’re hoping to speak,” she added.
In response to Morrish-Cooke, it might appear as if the one approach so as to add flavour to home-cooked meals is with a giant pinch of salt, however there are various different methods to make sure your meals has flavour.
In the meantime, individuals are being inspired to view the exhibition which can be hosted on the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library. The exhibition will present additional data on location, and entry to extra well being sources.
JLS Director of Company Communications and Advertising and marketing Candiese Leveridge says the library service is happy to collaborate on the initiative.
“We’re fairly happy to be partnering with the Coronary heart Basis for Salt Consciousness Week. We do acknowledge the hazards of consuming an excessive amount of salt, hypertension is a virus that impacts too many Jamaicans and we wish to play our half in sensitizing residents and communities of the dangers and to encourage wholesome life,” she mentioned.
Leveridge added that the libraries are open and the employees is out there to help anybody needing extra data.
“Now we have tailored to serving our group throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Our libraries are open and Covid-19 protocols are strictly enforced. Readers are welcome,” she added.
The occasions can be streamed stay on the Jamaica Library Service YouTube channel (@Jamaica Library Service Model) every day.