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I love you salt, but you’re breaking my heart

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Remember those youthful summers filled with fun in the sun, vacations and maybe a sentimental love or two? While it’s fun to reminisce about those times, there’s another not-so-romantic love affair we should talk about, and that’s our country’s unhealthy relationship with salt.

Did you know that on average, Americans eat more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day — much more than the American Heart Association and other health organizations recommend? That’s why the association is kicking off a new sodium reduction campaign, “I Love You Salt, But You’re Breaking My Heart.”

Our goals are to increase awareness about much salt we’re getting, inspire healthy habits and spur action to reduce the sodium in our food supply. Let’s work together to make heart-healthy eating the new norm!

This summer, end your love affair with salt! Take the break-up pledge and be sure to check out the 411 on sodium. You’ll soon start hearing from our in-house expert, Suzie Sodium. As a registered dietitian, she’ll help give you the knowledge and tools to change your relationship with salt. You’ll hear from other experts too.

We’ll be asking you to share your stories and photos, and to help us spread the word. Breaking up with salt doesn’t have to be hard when you have the support of the American Heart Association. So don’t delay. Start your salt break-up journey and begin the path to better heart health today!