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Alliance for a Healthier Generation (joint initiative of AHA and the William J. Clinton Foundation) (Alliance for a Healthier Generation, 2009)

Established voluntary nutrition guidelines (based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines and AHA’s 2006 Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations) for competitive school foods (e.g., foods in vending machines) as part of its goal to reduce prevalence of childhood obesity; leading industry groups have signed on


American Medical Association


Concepts of Nutrition and Health (Council on Scientific Affairs, 1979)

Moderate intake of salt to less than 12 g/d (4,800 mg/d sodium)



Report of the Council on Science and Public Health (Dickinson and Havas, 2007; Havas et al., 2007)

Recommended a stepwise, minimum 50% reduction in sodium in processed foods, fast food products, and restaurant meals over the next decade; recommended that FDA revoke GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of salt


American Dietetic Association


Nutrition Fact Sheets and web page (

Provided sodium guidance on the meaning of sodium label claims and food purchasing or preparation techniques to reduce sodium intake


American Public Health Association


Policy Statement: Reducing sodium content in the American diet (APHA, 2002)

Urged manufacturers to reduce the sodium content of processed foods by 50% over the next decade at a suggested rate of 5% per year


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