Webinar: Advances in the Region about Strategies for the Reduction of Salt Consumption

Webinar: Advances in the Region about Strategies for the Reduction of Salt Consumption
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As part of the activities prepared to mark Salt Awareness Week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is organizing the webinar: "Advances in the Region about Strategies for the Reduction of Salt Consumption", to be held on Thursday, 11 March 2021, to showcase the advances in the Region of the Americas in salt reduction and the tools made available by PAHO on the topic. 

The session is aimed to health professionals, ministries, other governmental entities, researchers, and civil society organizations working in advocacy in the Region to promote policies for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases in general, and salt intake reduction in particular. 

During the webinar, the four strategies identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce salt/sodium intake will be hightlighted. These are: 

  • 1) Reformulation of foodstuffs to contain less salt and setting  salt content targets in food and meals;
  • 2) Creating an enabling environment in public institutions, such as hospitals, schools, workplaces, and residences so that options with less sodium content can be proposed;
  • 3) Media campaigns to encourage behavior change;
  • 4) The introduction of front of pack labeling  to help consumers identify products with high salt content.

How to participate

  • DATE:  Thursday, 11 March, 2021
  • TIME 10:30 am- 12:00 pm (EST) [check the time correspondence in your area at the bottom of the page]
  • REGISTER: https://paho-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9OjKnQpST-uh7AQner3pyQ  
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar
  • LANGUAGE: The session will have simultaneous translation in English and Spanish.
  • LIVE BROADCAST: In case the Zoom room is not available, you can follow the webinar live on the PAHO´s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/PAHOTV


 Live broadcast - (English audio)


Webinar objectives:

  1. Present the Region's policy mapping and PAHO's new interactive tool on country progress in promoting cost-effective interventions based on interventions of WHO´s SHAKE package.
  2. Socialize social marketing experiences of Latin America and the Caribbean.
  3. Present the results of the analysis carried out in the Region on the sodium content in street products.


Leo Nederveen

Leo Nederveen .- Advisor Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity in Schools – PAHO (Moderator)

Nadia Flexner

Nadia Flexner.-  Nutrition Consultant for PAHO and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Toronto, Department of Nutrition Sciences, Canada

Mahmooda Pasha

Mahmooda Khaliq Pasha.- College of Public Health, WHO Collaborating Center on Social Marketing, University of South Florida – United States of America

Adriana Blanco-Meztler

Adriana Blanco-Metzler.- Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA), Costa Rica

Lorena Saavedra

Lorena Saavedra.- Nutricionist, Universidad Cayetano Heredia, Peru


Preliminary Agenda 

    • 10:30 AM – 10:40 AM – Opening and Welcome
      Rosa Sandoval – Head of the Risk and Nutrition Factors Unit, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
    • 10:40 AM – 10:55 AM –  Progress in salt consumption reduction policies in the Americas
      Nadia Flexner - Nutrition Consultant, PAHO
    • 10:55 AM – 11:10 AM  – Experiences in social marketing strategies in the Region
      Mahmooda Pasha, University of South Florida, EEUU
    • 11:10 AM – 11:25 AM –   Development of a social marketing strategy to reduce the consumption of discretionary salt in Peruvian families
      Lorena Saavedra, Universidad Cayetano Heredia, Perú
    • 11:25 AM – 11:40 AM –  What is the sodium content of street, artisanal and fast foods in Latin American countries?
      Adriana Blanco-Metzler –Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA), Costa Rica
    • 11:40 AM – 11:55 AM –  Questions and answers
    • 11:55 PM – 12:00 PM – Final comments and closure

    Time correspondence

    •  7:30 am.– Los Angeles
    •  09:30 am – Belmopan, Guatemala City , Mexico City,  Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
    • 10:30 am– Kingston, Nassau, Washington DC
    • 11:30 am. – Bridgetown,  Castries, Georgetown, Port of Spain, San Juan
    • 12:30 pm. – Brasilia, Paramaribo
    •  4:30 pm. – Geneva, Madrid

    For other cities, check the time in the folloing link

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