Italy

Salt Action Summary

March 2009

The Italian Nutrition Society, founded in 1963 by a group of physiology and nutrition experts, has been active in putting salt reduction on the agenda of Italian health. The group has been active in progressing the Working Group for Reduction of Salt Intake in Italy (GIRCSI), publishing the Italian Recommended Daily Allowances for energy and nutrients.

September 2008

A campaign for cardiovascular disease prevention and health promotion has been undertaken in the autonomous region of Sardinia by Professor Sergio Muntoni. An illustrated booklet, including recommendations for reducing salt intake was delivered to every household in Sardinia, posted with the electricity bill. Results showed that over 20% of rural and over 29% of urban people reduced their salt intake. Sardinia has also seen a corresponding fall in systolic blood pressure from 129 to 125 mmHg in three years (p=0.5) and diastolic from 83 to 80 mmHg (p=0.004). Sardinia continues in its efforts to reach the EU salt reduction target of 16% in 4 years.

July 2008

WASH member Professor Sergio Muntoni proposed to the Sardinian Government to launch a Campaign for cardiovascular disease prevention and health promotion (the ATS-SARDEGNA Campaign, the first one in Italy) to be spread to all Sardinian villages and cities. Together with animal fats and alcohol abuse, the Campaign had salt consumption as a target. He received a congratulation letter from WHO.