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Check out the resources below, perfect for parents, other caregivers, youth engagement groups and students who are looking for information on sodium reduction. Information on this page:


At a Glance: Handouts and Tip Sheets

Reducing Sodium Intake (1 page) (2011) (PDF | 217.75 KB )

Institute of Child Nutrition.

The Institute of Child Nutrition provides information about sodium and tips for reducing sodium intake.

Sodium 411: Infographics


View and download PDF versions of eight infographics on sodium intake, effects of sodium on health, and myths about salt.

sodium infographic Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets Infographics

CDC. NCCDPHP. Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

View three infographics that give information regarding sodium intake in children and ways to reduce this intake.

Parents: Too Much Salt Isn't Good For You—Or Your Kids! (2 pages) (February 2012) (PDF | 146 KB ) Michigan Nutrition Standards. Parents can help their children learn to choose and eat lower-sodium foods by offering them at home. This informative document explains the sodium standards and provides tips to parents on how to reduce sodium intake in their family's diet by making healthier choices at home.

Add a Little Spice (& Herbs) to Your Life! (4 pages) (PDF | 475 KB)

University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

Experiment with herbs and spices to improve the flavor of your food. Learn how to use seasonings to reduce fat, sugar, and sodium in your diet.

Families, Food and Fitness Interactive Spice Guide (2 pages) (PDF | 783 KB) Cooperative Extension System. eXtension Initiative.

A picture spice guide with foods to serve with each spice.

All About Sodium

Reducing Sodium in Children's Diets


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 90% of US children ages 6-18 years eat too much sodium daily. The CDC provides informative resources regarding the issues of sodium intake in children, tips for reducing sodium intake, and includes a fact sheet (available in Spanish) for parents, educators, and caregivers.

Salt: Most Americans Should Consume Less Sodium

CDC. NCCDPHP. Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

This consumer-friendly website provides an overview of the need for salt reduction in the American diet, and links to further information on Sodium and Food Sources, How to Reduce Sodium, Sodium Reduction Resources for Everyone.

Sodium Break Up


This website of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s “I love you salt, but you’re breaking my heart” campaign provides information on the effects of sodium on your health. Here you can take a pledge to reduce sodium in your diet, share your break-up story, stay updated with the Salty Scoop blog, and more.

Sodium 411


A part of the AHA’s ASA’s Sodium Breakup website, use these resources to learn more about:

Dietary Sodium

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Review MedlinePlus resources, including current research related to sodium.

Take Action: How to Reduce Your Intake

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

The Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health, provides tips to reduce sodium intake in a family setting.

Sodium (Salt)


This website provides quick tips for reducing sodium consumption in children.

In the Kitchen: Meal Planning, Cooking and Recipes

What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl Household Recipes, 600 mg of sodium or less


What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl is a searchable collection of recipes and other resources managed by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency, namely the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS). The recipes in this list have been filtered to reflect those that serve households, with 600 milligrams of sodium or less. You can use the filters on the left to further refine your search by audience/program, course, food groups, cooking equipment, and more.

Recipes for Healthy Kids Image Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Homes (October 2012)

USDA . FNS. Team Nutrition.

The recipes in this cookbook feature foods both children and adults should consume more of: dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains. All of these healthy recipes are low in total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.

When Delicious Meets Nutritious: Recipes for Heart Health (4 pages) (January 2005) (PDF | 371 KB ) DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Recipes and tips for delicious dishes low in sodium. Includes nutritional information.

Stay Young at Heart: Cooking the Heart Healthy Way

DHHS. NIH. . National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Recipes for heart-healthy appetizers, soups, entrees, side dishes, and desserts. Shopping, Cooking and Meal Planning

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Find dozens of resources for healthy eating—and living! Categories include Food Shopping and Meal Planning, Food Labels, Recipes, Ethnic Cooking, Food Storage and Preservation, and more!