Disease Control & Prevention

Thurston County Public Health & Social Services works with worksites and local independent food service establishments to reduce the sodium content of food choices available to their employees and customers. Participants of the Thurston County Reducing Sodium for Health project work with a registered dietitian to make menu modifications that reduce the overall sodium content of food choices. Registered dietitians are trained experts in food and nutrition and are provided at no cost to project partners.  

As the intake of sodium increases, so does blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are two leading causes of death in Thurston County.  By participating in this sodium reduction program you can help increase the availability of lower sodium foods in our community.  Eating foods lower in sodium helps reduce blood pressure.     

The Thurston County Reducing Sodium for Health project is funded by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sodium Reduction in Communities grant through the Washington State Department of Health.

Two worksites currently participating in the projects are:

  • Bienvenue Caf at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater, WA
  • Department of Ecology Cafe at the Washington State Department of Ecology in Lacey, WA
  • Providence St. Peter Hospital Caf

learn more about sodium

To find out more information about the Sodium Reduction in Communities Program, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/programs/sodium_reduction.htm  


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This page last updated: 09/24/14