Toolkit: Million Hearts for Millions of Meals: Reducing Sodium in Home Delivered and Congregate Meals

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.


Presenters:

  • 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

Presenter’s Slides

Webinar Recording


Key Resources

Million Hearts Initiative
NIH Institute of Medicine Report – Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States
Reducing sodium in congregate and home-delivered meals
Under Pressure – Strategies for Sodium Reduction in Institutionalized Environments

Overall U.S. Dietary Guidance and Specific Recommendations for Sodium Intake

2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans
NIH Institute of Medicine Report – Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States
National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI)

Sodium Reduction Resources for Aging Services Professionals and Clients

Reducing sodium in congregate and home-delivered meals

Sodium-reduction strategies for meals prepared for older adults

Tips to reduce sodium for older adults

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

USDA Recipes For Child-Care (With Information On Adjusting Recipes)

Fruit and Vegetable Quantity Cookbook

National Food Service Management Institute – Lesson on Seasonings

Consumer Education Resources on the Impact of High Sodium Intake and Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Where’s the Sodium?

Lowering Salt in US Diets

Shaking The Salt Habit – American Heart Association

Reduce Salt And Sodium In Your Diet – National Heart Lung Blood And Institute

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

Strategies for sodium reduction in the school environment

Under Pressure – Strategies for Sodium Reduction in Institutionalized Environments

From Menu to Mouth: Opportunities for Sodium Reduction in Restaurants


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)

Download Questions from 2012 National Survey (PDF)

Office of Senior Services Meals on Wheels Customer Satisfaction Survey
Download Customer Survey Here