Energize Your Meetings -- Now with Lower Sodium Options

Worksites that adopt a policy of serving healthy refreshments at meetings can now use the Energize Your Meetings guide to plan low-sodium options for snacks. Developed by the Washington State Department of Health, Energize Your Meetings sets standards in five tiers, from one star to five stars. Providing low sodium options are part of a "5 Star Event" that also includes options for smaller portion sizes and low fat snacks.

Too much salt in our diet leads to high blood pressure, which causes 2/3 of all strokes and half of all heart attacks. We could all benefit from eating less salt. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that people consume no more than 2300 mg of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, as well as people 51 or older or African Americans of any age, should consume no more than 1500 mg of sodium a day (about 2/3 teaspoon of salt).

The Energize Your Meetings five star standard recommends no more than 600 mg sodium per person per meal (1/4 teaspoon of salt), or 200 mg sodium per person per snack (1/10 teaspoon of salt).

Surprisingly Salty

Sometimes, sodium hides where you least expect it. Here are some foods you might not think of as high in sodium, and tips on choosing healthier products:

  • Dairy products: Serve cheeses with less than 200 mg of sodium per serving
  • Cold breakfast cereals and instant hot cereal: Choose products with 200 mg or less of sodium per serving
  • Bread: If you serve sandwiches, do not offer other high-sodium foods. Choose products with 200 mgs sodium or less per slice, and consider serving half sandwiches
  • Condiments: Offer condiments in portion-controlled containers, with no more than 75 mg sodium per serving

Read the full Energize Your Meetings Guidelines (pdf)

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For More Information:
  • Amy Ellings, Washington State Department of Health, 360-236-3754