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Increase support for National Nutrition Monitoring 

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: Ann Albertson8 11 Oct 2012
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National Nutrition Monitoring and NHANES are invaluable in providing both the public and the private sectors with current and continuous measures of both food and nutrient intakes for the U.S. population as well as vital health tracking data such as obesity rates. This continuous monitoring is increasingly more important as the food supply continues to change a rapid pace, the U.S. population and related food patterns become more diverse and diet/disease relationships become clearer. NNM and NHANES provide data with practical utility for food manufacturers with primary applications in developing and evaluating fortification policies, targeting food products for specific populations, developing nutrition communications (packaging and otherwise) and evaluating food use for new product opportunities. Future challenges for consumer foods companies include the growing diversity of the American population that is driving the need for more customization of food products, especially related to health. Faster response required by industry to stay competitive results in the need for even faster access to relevant data needed for decision making. The CDC NCHS NHANES Web Site and the USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center/ Food Surveys Research Group Web Site is of enormous value in making the NHANES data and related research timely, accessible and affordable for researchers across the world. We applaud the efforts of these dedicated government agencies and encourages increased funding so these activities can continue.

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