Province to reward those who know their salt facts

By visiting the Healthy Families B.C. website and answering a variety of questions about sodium, participants will be entered to win weekly prizes of new kitchen appliances. The grand prize winner will have the choice of either $5,000 in groceries or select kitchen appliances.

The winner will also receive $1,000 worth of meal planning services from a registered dietician.

Minister of Health Mike de Jong talks about the importance of informing the province on this issue.

“By increasing awareness of the risks associated with high sodium levels, we are helping British Columbian families prevent health problems, as well as lowering the number of physician visits related to hypertension.”

According to the Ministry of Health, excess sodium intakes has been linked to elevated blood pressure, which is the leading preventable risk factor for death in B.C.

They also say that currently, British Columbians consume more than double the amount sodium considered adequate to maintain a healthy life as an adult. There is also evidence that a high sodium diet can increase risk of osteoporosis, stomach cancer and asthma.

Dr. Michael Joffres with the Faculty of Health at Simon Fraser University also gave credit to the program, saying, “The B.C. government is way ahead of the other provinces in tackling the salt issue and its impact on the health of the population: I applaud their vision and their actions.”

To take the sodium knowledge test and enter the Healthy Families B.C. Sodium Facts Contest, visit the campaign’s official website. By entering the contest, participants also have access to the Healthy Families B.C. Online Community, providing a variety of healthy living resources, such as recipes, videos, blogs and much more.

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