Many of us have become accustomed to drinking sweetened drinks, or to thinking that food cooked without copious amounts of salt is “tasteless”. The average Malaysian consumes more salt and sugar than the limits recommended by the World Health Organization, and this could have harmful effects on one’s health.
The Malaysian Society for World Action on Salt, Sugar and Health (MyWASSH) is a registered society consisting of clinicians, educators, and specialists with a strong interest in reducing salt and sugar intake in Malaysia. The organization is affiliated with the World Action on Salt, Sugar and Health (WASSH) based in the United Kingdom, which is a global group aiming to improve population health throughout the world by achieving a gradual reduction in salt and sugar intakes. The organization is endorsed by the World Hypertension League and is an affiliated society of the International Society of Hypertension.
MyWASSH seeks to inculcate salt and sugar reduction strategies by engaging with lawmakers, the food industry, the media, the health care professionals and the general public.