Reducing Sodium in the County of Los Angeles

Reducing Sodium in the County of Los Angeles
Location Los Angeles California
Organization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health conducted an HIA to determine facilitators and barriers of a prosposed food procurement policy in Los Angeles County. The proposed policy would require food purchasers, distributors, and vendors of food service to meet specified nutrition standards, including limits on sodium content. During stakeholder interviews, the HIA found 3 key facilitators: an organization's authority to impose nutrituion standards, an organization's desire to provide nutritious food, and to opportunity to build on existing nutrition policies. The HIA also identified several barriers, including costs and availability of low-sodium foods and existing mulit-year provider contracts that are difficult to change. The HIA recommended that further research be conducted in jurisdictions that have successfully implemented food procurement policies and to quantify their long-term health and economic effects on the targeted population.

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Decision makers at all levels are using the fast-growing field of HIA to take health into account when making decisions in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, education, energy and budgeting, in all types of locations--rural, suburban, and urban, local, regional or statewide. Learn more about the information sources that were used to develop this page.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2009
  • Decision-Level County
  • Sector Agriculture, Food and Drug
  • Organization Type Government Agency