In 2010, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
published an issue brief related to sodium (http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/docs/SodiumConsumptionBrief2010.pdf).
They have shared this brief with their community stakeholders, policy makers
(e.g., County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, State of CA), County of LA
Departments (that buy, sell, or procure food), and other local health
departments. It has helped bring attention to the issue of sodium and
cardiovascular health in LA County, and subsequently was one of the documents
to help support the passage of a Board Motion requiring all County of LA
Departments that buy, sell, or procure food to consult with the Department of
Public Health before releasing any Request for Proposal for a new food vendor.
The Cardiovascular Health (CVH) Initiative Sodium Practice
Group contacted LA County Public Health Department to ask permission to use
their issue brief as a template that other states and local regions could use.
Data tables have been created in an Excel spreadsheet.
Figures 1 and 2 rely solely on national-level data. Figures 3 and 4, as well as
Table 1 rely on state or local-level data. Los Angeles County had been able to
use regional NHANES data that will not be readily available to most others
interested in developing their own sodium issue brief. Upon consultation with
CDC DHDSP Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, as well as the CVH Council
Epidemiology and Evaluation Committee, we decided to rely on BRFSS data.
We would like to acknowledge everyone who helped in the
development of the sodium issue brief template. The idea began within our
Sodium Practice Group, and was carried out by members of the CVH Council
Capacity Building and Epidemiology/Evaluation Committees. We would also like to
thank Rob Merritt, Cathleen Gillespie, and Guijing Wang for their assistance
with the template.
finally, we would like to thank Los Angeles County Public Health Department for
their initial development of the sodium issue brief. They have been very
helpful in working with the CVH Initiative to ensure that the sodium issue brief
template can meet the needs of those who wish to replicate the work of LA
County. If you choose to use either the Word document or the data files, please
add the following reference: "This publication, including the cost and
health impact estimation procedures, was adapted by the National Association of
Chronic Disease Directors from work performed by the Division of Chronic
Disease and Injury Prevention in the Los Angeles County Department of Public
Sodium Issue Brief Template - Word version
Data File for Sodium Issue Brief - Excel version