Together We Can Make Shopping Healthier

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Every person who is watching their sodium knows how difficult shopping can be. We walk down the aisle picking up every can and jar to read the nutrition label. We drive from store to store, or order online, to get the few low-sodium products that are available.

Packages proudly proclaim that that are gluten-free, nut-free, low fat, organic. It seems that manufacturers and stores cater to every need and preference but ours!

I honestly don’t know why. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The American Heart Association estimates that 82 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease. 

Maybe the managers of the stores just don’t know any better. Unless they have been diagnosed with heart disease, their doctors have probably never educated them about the importance of cutting salt consumption.

But we can change this! Together we can help to educate the management at the stores where we shop. We can let them know that they are not meeting our needs – or the needs of their many other customers on low sodium diets.

Are you willing to try? It will only take a few minutes, and a couple of dollars in postage.

Here’s what we are asking you to do:

  1. Look up the addresses of the grocery stroes where you shop. It’s easy to find this information. Most grocery chains have a website with a “store finder.” Or you can look up your local stores in Google Maps.
  2. Download the letter template below.
  3. Edit the template on your computer, fill in your information, and the address of each store where you shop. (The sections you need to change are in blue text.). Feel free to edit the letters to personalize them!
  4. Print out the letters, put them in envelopes, and mail them to your local stores. (Why not email? Studies have shown that a “paper” letter has a much greater impact.)

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