TOPEKA – The Shawnee County Commission voted unanimously Monday to use nearly $3,000 from a federal sodium reduction grant to send officials to a national health conference.
However, before voting, Commissioner Bob Archer stressed that the campaign to reduce sodium consumption could have a big impact on Frito Lay. He suggested that the snack company be included in future discussions about the initiative.
“There are a lot of people that are working on this issue,” said Archer. “And I just thought it would be appropriate if we talked to Frito Lay, a large employer in the city of Topeka, and their take on it and maybe they've got some good ideas that they can add to the mix.”
Shawnee County Health Agency officials maintain that the goal is not to wipe out salt completely, but to encourage healthier choices.
“It gives us the opportunity to use funding to give us a broader spectrum of education and knowledge and background that can be brought back to our community,” said Alice Weingartner, director of the Community Health Center at the Shawnee County Health Agency.
Shawnee County received the grant in 2010 and has received more than $930,000 to date.