Category 2 Winner Brian Bender

Automatic and Passive Dietary Sodium Monitoring for Blood Pressure Reduction

Over half of those with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have hypertension. Adopting a healthier diet low in sodium is a mainstay of frontline disease prevention, management, and treatment. Of the many challenges to adopting a low-sodium diet, a lack of feedback on daily sodium intake is a top barrier. Self-monitoring improves self-efficacy and promotes healthy behavior change, but current solutions are too cumbersome for routine use. We are developing an automatic, passive, and accurate dietary sodium tracking platform that provides immediate feedback for enabling those with CKD and/or hypertension to better meet recommended guidelines for a low-sodium diet.