Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly half of all Americans have some form of caridovascular disease, and over 30 million have been diagnosed with heart disease.
A leading cause of this health crisis is high sodium diets. According to the CDC, 90% of Americans eat more than the recommended daily allowance of sodium.
Unfortunately, the “food media” – TV shows and magazines – contribute to this problem rather than helping to solve it. They continually feature meals that are high in saturated fat and sodium. Judges on TV cooking competitions often tell contestants that their dishes need “more salt” (rather than simply saying that the dish needs better seasoning).
We are hoping to raise awareness of this issue by launching a petition that would encourage TV producers to create heart-healthy and low sodium programming. Possibilities would include:
- A regularly schedule series focussed on heart-healthy cooking.
- Low-sodium episodes of regular cooking shows.
- Low-sodium episodes of cooking competitions.
- Featured reviews of restaurants offering low-sodium and heart healthy food.
We are in the early planning stages of our petition drive, and we are looking for help!
If you’d like to be involved in the planning and promotion of this effort, please submit the form below: