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Hypertension, a condition which affects 7.4 million Canadians, increases the risk for non-communicable disease (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes.  Together, NCDs are the leading causes of death in Canada.

Dietary risk constitutes that largest preventable risk factor for all premature death, death, and disability in Canada.   It is responsible for an estimated 805 of hypertension.

Interventions to improve Canadians’ diets needs to be a priority for all sectors and organizations whose mandate involves the health of Canadians.   Developing and implementing policies that improve the way unhealthy food is produced, marketing and sold is needed to improve Canadian’s diets, reduce diet-related risk factors and diseases.

This site is dedicated to the promotion, advocacy and advancement of effective policies to successfully address unhealthy diet.

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An Unsung Hypertension Hero retires

a tribute by Dr. Norman Campbell On April 8th 2015, Lianne Vardy retires from the Public Health Agency of Canada.   For those not aware, Lianne Vardy was a Director in charge of non-communicable disease with the hypertension… Read More

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Research proves high sodium consumption is harmful, even without hypertension

A paper called “Dietary Sodium and Health: More Than Just Blood Pressure” has linked high sodium consumption to negative health consequences, even where blood pressure remains at a healthy level overall. Periodic increases in blood pressure caused by… Read More

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Meta-analysis is first to link Sodium and CVD mortality in general population

A meta-analysis of 11 studies with a total of 228,785 participants is the most recent of its kind to link higher sodium (Na) intake with higher CVD mortality. A meta-regression analysis showed that for every increase of 10 mmol/d… Read More

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