The webinar showed how sodium reduction, meeting national recommendations for sodium intake in home delivered and congregate meal settings, and successful implementation of sodium reduction strategies in the Meals on Wheels program can contribute to preventing a million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The webinar also includes a discussion around working with food distributors on sodium reduction.
The following resources support the webinar training “Million Hearts for Millions of Meals: Reducing Sodium in Home Delivered and Congregate Meals” presented on March 13, 2014 by Jessica Levings, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Maria Mahar, Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care Services; Barbara Estrada, California Department of Aging; and Deanne Brandstetter, Compass Group North America.
- Maria Mahar, Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care Services
- Barbara Estrada, California Department of Aging; and Deanne Brandstetter, Compass Group North America
Downloads and Webinar Recording
Overall U.S. Dietary Guidance and Specific Recommendations for Sodium Intake
Sodium Reduction Resources for Aging Services Professionals and Clients
Culinary Techniques and Healthy Recipes from USDA Nutrition Programs
Recipes and serving sizes may need adjustment for use with older adult clientele; sodium content can be adjusted through use of spices or elimination of salt from recipe
Consumer Education Resources on the Impact of High Sodium Intake and Health
Consumer surveys on meal satisfaction
The Administration on Aging collects and reports on the performance of Older Americans Act programs through the several data collection systems including the National Survey of Older Americans Act program participants. Several survey questions eliciting information on meal quality can be found in the AGing Integrated Database (AGID) – all survey instruments are available at: https://agid.acl.gov/DataFiles/NPS/ (See the Appendix for examples of specific questions)
Sodium reduction efforts in other food retail/nutrition programs
Examples of questions that elicit client perceptions of meal taste, quality and variety (From the 2012 National Survey Of Older Americans Act Nutrition Program Participants)
Office of Senior Services Meals on Wheels Customer Satisfaction Survey
Download Customer Survey Here