Updating the Sodium and Potassium DRIs: What's New? What's Different?

Updating the Sodium and Potassium DRIs: What

What's new with sodium and potassium DRIs? This webinar will highlight the application of a new approach used to update the DRI values for sodium and potassium.

  • Release Date: July 11, 2019
  • SKU LOUSP0719
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This webinar took place July 11, 2019.

For the first time since 2005, the DRIs for sodium and potassium have been reviewed and updated. Presenters will demonstrate how the use of systematic reviews and other new tools and resources allowed the review panel to derive the DRIs, including the application of chronic disease endpoints to DRIs. This presentation will also show how the updated DRI values are now more compatible than previously with the goal of optimizing health across the lifespan and reducing risk of chronic disease associated with sodium and potassium intake.

CPEU: 1.0

Performance Indicators:

  • 13.2.1 Adheres to and communicates relevant regulations, dietary guidelines and organization policies in menu development and implementation.
  • 10.1.1 Identifies and selects valid and reliable screening tool(s) to obtain and verify relevant data in support of nutrition assessment.
  • 8.1.3 Integrates knowledge of macronutrients and micronutrients for absorption, digestion and metabolism throughout the life span in practice.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the key steps in the process used to develop DRIs for sodium and potassium.
  2. Identify and describe at least one new tool used to assess the evidence for deriving DRI values for sodium and potassium.
  3. Describe the utility and application of the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Intake (CDRR) for optimizing health and reducing risk of chronic disease.


Virginia Stallings, MD

Virginia Stallings, MD, is a pediatrician and a specialist in nutrition and growth in children with chronic illness. Her research interests are in areas of nutrition-related growth and body composition in healthy children and those with chronic disease including: obesity, sickle cell disease, osteoporosis, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, Crohn disease, HIV and congenital heart disease. Her policy interests include nutrition, food safety, health and health care issues for children. Recent work has focused on federal programs, such as WIC, school food environment, USDA nutrition programs, infant formula and food allergy safety. Dr. Stallings is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Patsy M. Brannon, PhD, RD

Patsy M. Brannon, PhD, RD, is Visiting Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, where she also served as Professor and Director of the Cornell Dietetics Internship and Program and Dean of the College of Human Ecology. She has also served as Visiting Professor at the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health. Her research focus includes nutritional and metabolic regulation of gene expression, especially as relating to human development, the placenta, and exocrine pancreas. Dr. Brannon is a member of a number of professional and scientific associations and has served on the Executive Board of the American Society for Nutrition.

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  • Release Date: July 11, 2019
  • SKU LOUSP0719