Salt-Sodium Reduction: Opportunities for Change


Healthcare providers who screen and treat WISEWOMEN patients; Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurses, Medical Assistants and health educators.

*WISEWOMEN defined - Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation.  A CDC funded program to provide healthcare screening to women meeting elements of the following criteria: 40-64 years, uninsured, minorities, low income, and from rural residence.  WISEWOMEN program features interventions to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke in populations with limited healthcare access. WISEWOMEN participants met the same criteria established for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer early detection program.

Statement of purpose: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fund both the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) and WISEWOMAN* as programs focused on improving the cardiovascular health of Americans. The rationale for developing this collaborative is to provide healthcare providers with tools that will allow them to increase patient education regarding topics related to high blood pressure prevention and management. This increased patient education can encourage and assist WISEWOMAN patients to adopt lifestyle changes that will lead to reduced prehypertension and hypertension. Salt/sodium reduction is currently a major focus of the CDC’s programming. This course will introduce you to the most currently available information and resources about salt/sodium reduction.

Educational objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the sources of salt/sodium intake
  • Apply the recommendations of salt/sodium intake
  • Discuss salt/sodium reduction efforts as a public health imperative
  • Demonstrate the association between salt/sodium intake and high blood pressure
  • Recognize the current campaigns and activities accomplished in the United States at  local, state and national levels and on other global levels
  • Predict future strategies and actions by local, state, and national level organizations
  • Apply the knowledge gained in this training to their own patients

Course Director: Laurie Walkner, RN, Grants Coordinator, Institute for Public Health Practice.

Financial Disclosures: Involved participants do not have relevant disclosures.

Sponsorship: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the College of Public Health Practice, and Department of Human Services.

Completion Time: The overall period of time for studying and completing this activity is estimated to be one hour.

Content Reviews:

Date of Most Recent Review: July 2010
Date of Next Scheduled Review: June 2011
Review End Date: June 2012

Cost: No cost


This activity is supported through an independent education grant from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement 5U50DP00734-02. This CDC-funded project will involve the engagement of selected WISEWOMAN/Care for Yourself Healthcare Interventionists (Network #1), Iowa/Nebraska Primary Care Association healthcare providers(Network #2), and Rural Health Clinic healthcare providers (Network #3) to increase participant/patient education regarding specific CDC messages related to High Blood Pressure and Salt/Sodium consumption reduction.

Provider training is conducted in collaboration with The Iowa Department of Public Health, Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, Prepare Iowa Learning Management System.

DISCLOSURE POLICY: Disclosure forms for Terry Meek, course instructor, and Laurie Walkner, course director are provided.

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Verification of Participation: A certificate of completion is awarded after successfully completing the course and passing the post-test with at least an 80% score.

Evaluation: Participants will complete an evaluation indicating the degree to which educational objectives were met; describing whether and how their professional skills and practice will be enhanced; rating the overall quality of the educational experience; assessing whether test questions adequately covered the material; indicating whether commercial bias was detected; and providing suggestions for improvements.