The majority of Canadians eat more than double the amount of sodium required for good health, which can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.
That’s why we've made some changes. As part of B.C.’s Sodium Reduction in Health-Care Initiative, the Province has been working in partnership with B.C. health authorities to reduce the sodium content of patient and resident meals. The provincial sodium reduction policy requires publicly-funded health care facilities owned/operated by B.C. health authorities to achieve the sodium target of 2300 mg of sodium per day for general menus by March 31, 2021. Health authorities have had considerable success reducing the sodium of their general menus and continue to work towards the sodium target.
Did you know? Your taste buds get used to less sodium over time.
Each health authority is responsible for developing a plan to meet the sodium target. Plans may include using more herbs and spices, cooking with less salt and buying more lower sodium products.
As these plans are put into action, the focus is the same as always: to provide flavourful food that meets the needs of patients and residents.
Fast Fact: Sodium is found in salt. Packaged and ready-to-eat foods are often high in sodium.
For more information on sodium and your health, call Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC by dialing 8-1-1.
If you are a health authority employee and would like more information on this initiative, visit your health authority intranet site.