What’s New: Sodium Intake and Public Health Today

Recorded January 22, 2024

IAFNS is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The Webinar: What’s New: Sodium Intake and Public Health Today awards 1 Continuing Professional Education Unit (CPEU), for completion of this recorded webinar until January 21, 2027, in accordance with the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s CPEU Prior Approval Program.


Americans consume on average 3,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day—nearly 50% more than the 2,300 mg limit recommended by federal guidelines for people 14 years of age and older. It is also well known that consuming too much sodium can raise blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. But there is a lot of complexity involved in estimating dietary intake in America and its relationship to public health. This webinar will present recent data on the public health impact of consuming excess sodium, the FDA’s approach to address sodium reduction in food and information on how the Agriculture Department’s Food Surveys Research Group estimates sodium in reported food and beverage intake through the ‘What We Eat in America’ survey. Attendees will also learn about new research on the top food category contributors of sodium to the diet as well as the overall dietary value of those foods to meeting nutritional recommendations. Participants will discuss the potential impact on dietary messaging to reduce sodium and improve dietary intake for consumers.

Webinar Speakers:

Trish Zecca, MS, IAFNS, Moderator

Robin McKinnon, PhD, Senior Advisor for Nutrition Policy at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA CFSAN)

Alanna Moshfegh, MS, RD, Research Leader, Food Surveys Research Group, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mavra Ahmed, MSc, PhD, Research Associate at the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition, University of Toronto

Commission on Dietetic Registration Performance Indicators:

4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision-making.
6.3.1 Accurately and ethically shares research findings with a variety of audiences.
6.2 Collects and interprets research data to advance knowledge and practice, and to enhance effectiveness of services.

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