Health Facts for World Salt Awareness Week: How Salt is Good for You

Health Facts for World Salt Awareness Week: How Salt is Good for You











Salt adds flavor to vegetables, making even spinach and broccoli appealing to kids and other finicky eaters.


(Vocus/PRWEB) March 24, 2011

Salt not only tastes good, it’s good for you. In fact, salt is essential to human health, according to the latest medical research and practice. What’s more, while salt reduction may be medically advised for some patients, recent studies suggest population-wide salt reduction efforts could lead to negative health consequences.

With World Salt Awareness Week March 21-28, the Salt Institute, the world’s foremost authority on salt, is highlighting the myriad health benefits of salt.

“Salt is a no-calorie health food that adds flavor to other health foods, like green vegetables,” said Lori Roman, president of the Salt Institute. “It’s not an exaggeration to say salt is an essential nutrient because without it we die. With it, we enjoy so many health benefits we can’t list them all.”

Whether it’s the saline solution used in a hospital emergency room or dietary therapy to treat or prevent health threats, medical experts have long recognized the important role of salt for life and good health.

Some of the most common health practices involving salt include:

Iodine Deficiency: Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) are the major cause of preventable mental retardation. Fortifying salt with iodine is the most cost-effective solution to this global challenge. Iodine deficiency also can lead to hypothyroidism, infertility, thyroid cancer, goiter, poor cognition, lethargy, and decreased labor productivity in adults. Restricting salt intake could increase risk of iodine deficiency, particularly among women, according to a 2010 study published in the American Journal of Hypertension.

Oral Rehydration Therapy: Scientific studies have confirmed the importance of a balance of electrolytes: sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium. After exercise it is necessary to replace not only the water lost through perspiration, but the electrolyte sodium. When diarrhea dehydrates the body, medical professionals use a combination of salt, sugar and water called oral rehydration therapy (ORT). The British Medical Journal called ORT potentially “the most important medical advance of [the 20th] century.”

Hyponatremia: When the body loses electrolytes, either from perspiration, diarrhea or over-rehydration with water, “water intoxication” or hyponatremia occurs. Severe hyponatremia is a medical emergency. Symptoms range from mild to severe and can include nausea, muscle cramps, disorientation, confusion, seizures, coma or death. To avoid this condition, medical authorities advise marathon runners and others prone to hyponatremia to consume extra salt. At athletic events, doctors tell athletes showing the first sign of symptoms to drink a sodium sports drink or eat salty foods.

Diabetes: Our bodies need salt to maintain healthy levels of insulin. Low-salt diets can impair insulin sensitivity, reducing the body’s ability to metabolize glucose and leading, potentially, to Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. A recent study from Harvard Medical School links reduced salt intakes to an increase in insulin resistance, the condition that is a precursor to Type 2 Diabetes. Two other studies just out of Australia showed that individuals with type I or type II diabetes die in much greater numbers when placed on a salt restricted diet.

Elderly Falls: Because of declining renal function in the aging body, the kidneys retain less sodium. Changes in the intestinal function sometimes also lead to reduced absorption of many nutrients. These changes expose the elderly to an increased risk of hyponatremia. Recent studies have shown that elderly people with hyponatremia have more falls and broken hips and a decrease in cognitive abilities. As one Canadian cardiologist put it, “Spending your golden years in a retirement home with a low-salt diet will convert your last years to a long, chronic illness.”

On Monday, March 28, at 7 a.m., The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television will feature Salt Institute President Lori Roman and Morton Satin, SI’s vice president of science and research, to discuss how salt is good for you.

For more information about the benefits of salt, go to Salt Health at http://www.salthealth.org.

About the Salt Institute

The Salt Institute is a nonprofit trade association, based in Alexandria, Virginia, advocating responsible uses of salt (sodium chloride), particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition. The Institute was founded in 1914 and consists of the world’s leading salt companies.

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Community Marketing Distributor Announces Highest Sales Week in Company History

Community Marketing Distributor Announces Highest Sales Week in Company History










Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) May 28, 2007

Toronto-based referral marketing distributor, Bond Advertising and Marketing Group, announces the achievement of hitting record sales in its newly established Ottawa branch. In the first week of May, the Ottawa office’s sales total topped $ 15,000 – the highest earning week in the company’s history.

This achievement has not only greatly impacted overall results in each of the company’s offices, but it has brought on numerous additional partnership opportunities with local businesses, including: Local Heroes Bar & Grill, Dominos Pizza, Active Green & Roses and Canadian Golf and Country Club.

Bond Advertising and Marketing Group continues to support local businesses through targeted community outreach programs that help drive sales while generating overall awareness throughout the area.

Whether distributing on behalf of popular area restaurants, car care brands or local professional sports teams, Bond Advertising and Marketing Group brings together local merchants and community members by making it possible for consumers to do more of the things they enjoy for less than they thought possible. This unique community marketing network allows consumers to get more out of life through one-of-a-kind value offers while helping businesses connect with their customers face-to-face.

As an authorized distributor of referral marketing leader, Smart Circle International, Bond Advertising and Marketing Group builds upon a proven marketing approach that has helped national and international consumer brands – from Dominos Pizza to the New York Yankees – significantly increase their business. Customized consumer promotions offered in the form of professionally-produced Smart Cards, build traffic by increasing frequency, filling unused capacity during off-peak periods and prospecting brand new customers.

In addition to supporting its advertising partners, Bond Advertising and Marketing Group provides a ground floor opportunity for its professionally trained field representatives to become involved in the direct sales business and reach consumers on behalf of respected international brands and local favorites. The company’s business model continues to afford opportunities for full-time distributors to sell popular products that consumers already connect with, directly to them at home and at work.

About Bond Advertising and Marketing Group

Established in 2000, Bond Advertising & Marketing Group is an authorized Distributor of Smart Circle International, the dominant force in referral marketing worldwide. More information about Smart Circle International is available at http://www.smartcircleinternational.com. To speak to a Bond Advertising & Marketing Group representative, please contact Human Resources at 416-789-2663.

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Colorado?s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and Rural Health Clinics Celebrate 2nd Annual Safety Net Clinic Week

Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and Rural Health Clinics Celebrate 2nd Annual Safety Net Clinic Week










(PRWEB) August 22, 2011

Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and Federally Certified Rural Health Clinics are celebrating the second annual Safety Net Clinic Week, August 22 – 26, by inviting state officials and the public to visit their clinics.

The Colorado Rural Health Center’s Chief Operating Officer, David Lack, said people often think all parts of the critical health care safety net are supported by federal funds, but the realities are startlingly different. “Rural Health Clinics and Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics often receive very little if any federal funding; instead they rely on a complex and vulnerable funding stream. Mobilizing efforts to ensure all safety net providers are recognized and adequately funded is essential to ensuring our ability to continue delivering care to some of the state’s most at-risk residents,” Lack explained.

ClinicNET’s Executive Director, Sharon Adams, said one size does not fit all in the health care safety net. “All parts of the safety net and its varied models of care delivery are essential in order for every Colorado resident to have access to high quality health care,” Adams explained.

Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and federally certified Rural Health Clinics consist of 85 clinics located in 33 counties throughout Colorado. Annually, Colorado’s CSNCs and RHCs provide an estimated 750,000 visits to 300,000 Colorado residents, many in rural parts of our state. The clinics provide primary health care and chronic care services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Coloradans.

About The Colorado Rural Health Center

The Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) is an independent, nonprofit, membership-based organization that serves as the State Office of Rural Health for Colorado. CRHC offers programs and services to ensure that rural communities have access to high quality health care services. For more on the Colorado Rural Health Center visit http://www.coruralhealth.org.

About ClinicNET

Incorporated in 2007, ClinicNET provides a collective advocacy voice for Colorado’s Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs). ClinicNET is committed to strengthening Colorado’s safety net by empowering organizations that provide health care to vulnerable populations. For more information about ClinicNET visit http://www.clinicnet.org.

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Active Aging Week Promotes Quality of Life for Seniors

Active Aging Week Promotes Quality of Life for Seniors










(PRWEB) September 15, 2004

Millions of older adults suffer from chronic illness that can be prevented or improved through regular exercise, yet more than a third of adults over age 65 remain inactive. This month, an alliance of wellness organizations is setting out to change that fact.

The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), with the support of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, has joined forces with Lady of America and Jazzercise, Inc. to bring free fitness classes and health information to older adults for the second annual Active Aging Week. The international observance, held Sept. 27 through Oct. 3, will team fitness and wellness facilities that cater to the senior population with local fitness instructors to offer seniors free fitness classes and workouts.

Hundreds of facilities are currently scheduled to participate in the second annual Active Aging Week, including Lady of America, with 760 locations, and Goodlife Fitness Clubs, with 80-plus locations in Canada. This includes 10 Lady of America and Ladies Work Express facilities in the Tampa Bay Area. Add to this aggressive promotional campaigns, including statewide initiatives in Texas and in New South Wales, Australia, and the message of active aging is sure to reach more than 1 million older adults this year.

“As people get older, they’re frequently told what they can’t do. But the truth is, you’re never too old to become physically active,” says Judi Sheppard Missett, Jazzercise founder and CEO. “Often, the physical frailty attributed to aging results from under use, rather than wear and tear. Our goal is to help people understand the advantages of regular exercise and provide fun and simple ways for them to get active and stay active.”

Betsy Rutkowski, Director and Owner of Lady of America, encourages adults ages 50 and older to take part in these activities. “At any age, you can enjoy a better quality of life and health by being physically active,” says Rutkowski.

Apart from increasing energy, strength and self-esteem, regular exercise also helps to maintain mental capacity and aid in the management of debilitating conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis. For older adults in particular, this translates into increased independence, with exercise helping to increase strength and flexibility and lower risk for disease.

“Many people still don’t realize that physical inactivity is contributing to a number of the chronic diseases affecting older adults, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure,” says Colin Milner, International Council on Active Aging CEO. “We want to spread the word that there are simple steps we can all take to improve the health of older generations.”

More information about these activities is available by calling Lady of America at (727)843-8288. This facility is located at 5213 US Highway 29, New Port Richey, FL.

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It’s Never Too Late! is Message of Active Aging Week Annual Event for Older Adults Will be Held Sept. 25 through Oct. 1

It’s Never Too Late! is Message of Active Aging Week Annual Event for Older Adults Will be Held Sept. 25 through Oct. 1











Vancouver (PRWEB) September 7, 2006

An annual event, Active Aging Week is held the last week of September (culminating on October 1, International Day of Older Persons). With the goal of introducing older adults to physical activity and exercise options, participating organizations offer free classes, educational seminars, access to fitness facilities, health fairs, community walks or tennis matches.

“The World Health Organization designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons to highlight the fact that there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and over living around the world today,” said Colin Milner, CEO of International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). “That number will double by 2025. Every country is seeking ways to both harness the experience and skills of the aging population, and to limit the chronic disease and disability we are accustomed to associate with increasing age.

“ICAA launched Active Aging Week to demonstrate that older adults can live life as fully as possible within the six dimensions of wellness (emotional, vocational, physical, spiritual, intellectual, social). Physical activity is not the only focus of an active lifestyle, but it is an important dimension because activity improves physical and psychological functioning, which prepares people overall for their home and work lives.”

Free Active Aging Week events are scheduled throughout the last week of September by seniors organizations, retirement communities, seniors centers, health clubs, parks, recreation centers and apartment/condominium complexes that are age-restricted.

Host organizations may provide a single activity or multiple events during the week. Examples of events that have been offered include group walks (both strolls and faster paced), group-exercise classes, yoga and Pilates classes and tennis or golf games. There may be previews of upcoming activities such as a multi-week fall prevention program or computer class.

“People across the United States and Canada can look for an event near them. It’s free. The organizations that host an Active Aging Week event want to introduce their age-friendly staff and locations to older adults so they know there are places they can go where they are welcome and can start very slowly at their own pace,” said Milner.

This year, Active Aging Week events are available at over 2500 locations throughtout North America including 1,900 SilverSneakers sites, 300 Holiday Retirement Communities, The Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, the Hebrew Senior Life-Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston MA and the Soloway JCC, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

To find a registered host site, visit ICAA’s Active Aging Week website at http://www.icaa.cc/aaw.htm. The site has additional free materials for older adults, their families and caregivers on finding age-friendly locations. Plus, look for announcements of local events in newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, and posted on bulletin boards.

Organizations who wish to host activities can find free support materials on the web site (http://www.icaa.cc/aaw.htm) including posters of active adults, press releases, certificates, a planning guide and ideas for activities.

1 Berk, D., Hubert, H. and Fries, J. (2006) Associations of Changes in Exercise Level With Subsequent Disability Among Seniors: A 16-Year Longitudinal Study. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 61:97-102.

Rothenbacher, D., Koenig, W. and Brenner, H. (2006) Life Time Physical Activity Patterns and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease. Heart. Published Online First: 19 July 2006. doi:10.1136/hrt.2006.087478.

About Active Aging Week

Website: http://www.icaa.cc/aaw.htm

Active Aging Week is an annual event held the last week of September (culminating on October 1, International Day of Older Persons). The week was initiated by the International Council of Active Aging to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience activities and exercise in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. During the week, host organizations provide a variety of free activities, such as classes, educational seminars, access to fitness facilities, health fairs, community walks or tennis matches.

About International Council on Active Aging

Website: http://www.icaa.cc

ICAA is the world’s largest association dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting professionals in the retirement, assisted living, recreation, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields. The council supports these professionals with education, information, resources and tools, so they can achieve optimal success with the growing population of people who are 50 years and older. ICAA is one of more than 50 of the most prominent health and aging organizations working to implement the National Blueprint on Aging.

For interviews or more information about the ICAA and aging-related issues, contact:

Colin Milner, CEO

International Council on Active Aging

Toll-free: 1-866-335-9777 (North America only)

Telephone: 604-734-4466

Cell: 604-763-4595

Website: http://www.icaa.cc

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