Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sodium Reduction Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement Released

90% of Americans consume too much sodium, increasing their risk of having high blood pressure.  Because nearly 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to high blood pressure, decreasing sodium intake could prevent thousands of deaths annually.

The purpose of the grant is to increase availability, accessibility and selection of lower sodium food products, resulting in reduced sodium intake. Priority venues include government and private worksites; government and private programs that purchase and provide food to congregate populations (e.g., senior meal programs, pre-schoolers, people in institutionalized settings, etc.); hospitals; and independent (i.e., non-chain) restaurants.

These three-year grants are available to state health departments, American Indian/Native American tribal governments, county governments and city or township governments.

Letters of intent are requested by May20, 2013 with an application deadline: June 18, 2013.

CDC will conduct a conference call on May 13, 2013 at 2:00p.m., U.S. Eastern Time for all interested applicants to provide technical assistance and respond to any questions.
To access the announcement and application package:

2.Select 'Apply for Grants'
3.Select 'Step 1: Download a Grant Application’
Insert the Funding Announcement Number in the format: CDC-RFA-DP13-1301

Sodium reduction is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million -make your commitment and pledge today.

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