260.083 Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles, Reducing the Population Burden of Cardiovascular Disease by Reducing the Intake of Sodium, Saturated Fats, and Added Sugars

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Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles - Reducing the Population Burden of Cardiovascular Disease by Reducing the Intake of Sodium, Saturated Fats, and Added Sugars: The Texas Medical Association supports AMA’s efforts to: (1) Call for a stepwise, minimum 50 percent reduction in sodium in processed foods, fast food products, and restaurant meals to be achieved over the next decade. Food manufacturers and restaurants should review their product lines and reduce sodium levels to the greatest extent possible (without increasing levels of other unhealthy ingredients). Gradual but steady reductions over several years may be the most effective way to minimize sodium levels. (2) Recommend that FDA consider all options to promote reductions in the sodium content of processed foods.

TMA supports the AMA’s efforts to urge FDA regulation of sodium. TMA further supports recommendations of the Texas Public Health Coalition, including measures to label foods and post nutrition information.

To assist in achieving the Healthy People 2020 goals for sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar consumption, TMA will work with FDA, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association, and other interested partners to educate consumers and members about the benefits of long-term, moderate reductions in the intake of sodium, saturated fats, and added sugars. 

TMA supports educating and motivating consumers to adopt more healthful lifestyles (1) through targeted public communication, (2) by encouraging consumers in appropriate risk groups to use professional preventive health care services that would permit the early detection and treatment or the prevention of illness, and (3) by physicians demonstrating personal examples of healthy lifestyles (CSA Rep. 2-A-09; amended CSPH Rep. 5-A-19).

Last Updated On

June 11, 2019