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Too Much Salt in U.S. Diets, Kids At Risk

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New findings show that many Americans are at risk for high blood pressure. The risk stems from too much salt in our diets and is especially high for children.

About eight percent of the salt children eat comes from school meals. Dieticians said the new school lunch guidelines are aimed at reducing the amount of salt children eat.

Amber Howells, a Kansas State University dietician, said "the schools provide more nutritious meals than fast food restaurants just in the fact that they're really focusing on the sodium level, trying to cut back on the sodium level and that there's more of a focus on offering fruits and vegetables."

School meal programs play an important part of a child's diet and could even effect how they eat later on in life.

Howells's colleague Kevin Sauer said "the thought is that with children and obesity on the rise, that if we can start modeling appropriate behavior while they're in school, that maybe they'll adopt these practices going on through life."

The CDC report said even a 400-milligram reduction in U.S. sodium intake could save billions of healthcare dollars.

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