Monday, December 3, 2012

New CDC Sodium Resource Available in Spanish

CDC recently released “Controlling Hypertension by Learning to Control Sodium Intake: a Fotonovela”, part of the “Promotoras de salud contra la hipertensión” program. The fotonovela may be integrated in community health worker programs related to controlling blood pressure in Hispanic/Latino communities. The fotonovela speaks to Hispanic populations given their low control rates for hypertension, increased prevalence of high cholesterol, and eating patterns that are typically high in salt and saturated fats.

“Controlling Hypertension by Learning to Control Sodium Intake” is the second fotonovela in the series “Cómo controlar su hipertensión” and was developed in collaboration with the University of Texas. The first fotonovela in the series is published in Spanish with a focus on hypertension.

An accompanying fotonovela  and promotora guide were also developed for the health care team and provides a summary of objectives, tips, additional activities, reviews, and reminders. Spanish versions will soon be available.

Sodium reduction to manage blood pressure is a key strategy of the Million Hearts Initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Read more about the initiative at

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