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Friday, April 30, 2010

National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention


On Monday and Tuesday the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention held its 8th annual meeting in Washington DC. The meeting focused on developing the will to prevent heart disease and stroke in the public and private sectors, including drawing attention to the recently released Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports on hypertension and sodium reduction.

Dr. David Fleming, the chair of the IOM Committee on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake and a member of Partnership for Prevention’s National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP), presented information about actions that can be taken by food manufacturers, the federal government, and public health professionals to reduce the sodium content in foods. The sodium plenary session was timely, occurring a few days after Partnership’s congressional briefing on reducing sodium consumption.

Another highlight from the meeting was a session on connecting traditional and emerging communication approaches to change behavior. Dr. Rob Gould, President and CEO of Partnership, spoke about behavior change and exciting new methods of communication. Other panelists hailed from the CDC, NIH, and Pew Research Center.

The National Forum on Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention works to provide leadership and facilitate collaboration among those committed to preventing heart disease and stroke. Partnership participated in last year’s Forum Symposium on the Health Economics of Cardiovascular Disease, and recently joined as a Forum member. Partnership’s work in cardiovascular disease prevention includes its Aspirin Task Force , a multidisciplinary group of medical professionals committed to promoting aspirin for primary prevention of heart disease and stroke, as well as projects in its priority areas of tobacco cessation and control, and poor nutrition and physical inactivity (obesity). For more information on the Forum and the Annual Meeting, please click here.

Posted by: Rebecca Doigan
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