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The National Health Survey Act, 1956, provided the legislation authorizing for a continuing survey to provide current statistical data on the amount, distribution, and effects of illness and disability in the United States. NHANES was created to fulfill the purpose of this act. The current NHANES is the eighth in a series of national examination studies conducted in the United States since 1960.

NHANES is designed to collect information about the health and diet of people in the United States. These data are used to fulfill specific goals.

Data Accomplishments
NHANES data have been used to influence policy and improve the health of the U.S. population in many ways.


This page last reviewed January 11, 2007

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