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KIMT NEWS 3 - Doctor of Nursing Practice, Angela McGregor is starting to see a disturbing trend.
She said, "I've got two patients this year that are 9 who've got high blood pressure and high cholesterol."
And the fear is, those conditions normally seen in adults, will lead to some much more serious problems.
McGregor said, "It's also causing the heart to work harder. When the heart is working harder, that's when you have to worry about things like your stroke and your heart attack, things like that."
And one of the main culprits contributing to the problem is right in the grocery aisle and in the foods you eat.
Dietitian, Alyssa Rider said, "As Americans, we get 2 to 3 times as much sodium as we need."
And it's not just the plain salt you sprinkle on your food.
Rider said, "A lot of your frozen foods and canned foods tend to be really high in sodium. Frozen pizza, especially frozen pizza that has meat on it."
Quitting salt cold turkey is just a bit unrealistic, instead dietitians recommend slowly weaning off those salty foods,and that all starts right here.
Rider said, "I always tell people to look at the label. If it has more than 300 mg of sodium per serving, put it back."
That small step may just help you cut down your intake to a more healthy level.
McGregor said, "The amount of salt consumption that is currently recommended is 2,400 mg per day. Okay, so that's a little over half a teaspoon."
Another way to help your overall health: Get moving and be extra mindful of what you put on your plate.
McGregor said, "Starting to eat together as a family, counting the amount of carbs you're taking in, the amount of fat you're taking in and eating fast foods less frequently. Things like that are going to make a huge difference."
A north Iowa affordable housing program is receiving a grant that will go towards home repairs in Cerro Gordo County.
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As the temperature drops, we're all reminded to bundle up this winter and avoid too much exposure.
A grant aimed to combat homelessness in Iowa may not have come at a better time.
The holiday spirit is being felt in southern Minnesota.
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A local housing trust fund is receiving some grant money that will go into a new project to provide housing for people with disabilities.
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