Our food is set to get a little less salty.
Australia's retailers and food manufacturers have combined forces with the government to help Australians become and stay healthy by reducing the amount of salt they consume.
Gary Dawson, chief executive officer of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, said the high level of salt in food is partly responsible for the large number of people who are suffering from non-communicable diseases.
"Industry is achieving real outcomes through voluntary codes and the Australian government's Food and Health Dialogue," said Mr Dawson in a July 31 statement.
The Food and Health Dialogue was established in 2009 to reduce the amount of saturated fat, sugar, energy and salt in "commonly consumed foods".
Mr Dawson revealed that Australia's food industry is fully supporting the Food and Health Dialogue's efforts, reducing salt "across a range of product categories according to agreed targets".
In addition to reducing saturated fat, sugar, energy and salt in Australian food, the Food and Health Dialogue aims to increase the fruit and vegetables, fibre and wholegrains that people eat.
If you'd like to promote corporate health, you may want to come up with a health and wellbeing strategy for your workplace.
Encouraging your staff to eat healthy and be active will benefit your company in a number of ways, making your workers more productive, more motivated and less likely to take time off.
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The Food and Health Dialogue is not the only organisation that has been created to improve our nation's health.
The Healthier Australia Commitment, which was launched in October 2012, is also striving to promote healthy and active lifestyles.
According to the official website of the Healthier Australia Commitment, obesity results in around $6.4 billion worth of lost productivity each year. Australia's businesses cannot afford to be complacent about this issue.
"We know Australians are eating too much salt, so if we're to beat heart disease – Australia's number one killer – we need to cut Australia's salt intake by a third," said Kellie-Ann Jolly, national spokesperson for the Heart Foundation.
Commit to a healthy corporate environment. Talk to HICA about the business health plans we offer and cut down on the salt at work!