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District works with University of Arkansas to cut sodium in school meals

Springdale Public Schools is working with the university's medical school to create low-sodium recipes for lunch.
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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is working with Springdale Public Schools in Springdale, Ark., to reduce the amount of sodium in its school meals, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Each month, researchers from UAMS meet with the district’s nutrition director and assistant nutrition director to brainstorm ways to reduce sodium on the menu. Through the partnership, the team has come up with reduced-sodium recipes such as a sodium-free salsa. Staff have also begun to offer high-sodium ingredients such as pickles less frequently.

The partnership was made possible through a five-year, $2 million grant awarded to the university by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the goal of reducing sodium in communities.

Read the full story via nwaonline.com.

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