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Nutrition Monitoring in the United States

Authored by: Margaret A. McDowell

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
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Nutrition monitoring and related research, defined by the U.S. Congress as “the set of activities necessary to provide timely information about the role and status of factors that bear on the contribution that nutrition makes to the health of the people of the United States,” 1 plays a vital role in formulating the U.S. nutrition research, programs, and policies. Traditionally, the scope of nutrition monitoring in the United States has included federal and state-sponsored survey and surveillance systems, policy initiatives, and research to assess and improve the health and nutritional status of the general population and population subgroups that may be at increased risk of disease. Nutrition and public health professionals have worked together for more than three decades to build and strengthen the U.S. nutrition monitoring system.

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