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Risk Factor Monitoring & Methods
Cancer Control and Population Sciences

About Dietary Intakes:


About Dietary Research: Monitoring Research

The Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch monitors food and nutrient intakes among the general population and selected subpopulations to examine relationships among various groups and identifies those at greatest nutritional risk. Our efforts include analyzing food intakes in terms of guidance-based servings and exploring dietary interrelationships through the use of eating pattern analyses. These techniques have allowed us to evaluate intakes in relation to federal recommendations, national health objectives and other standards, and to investigate sociodemographic, behavioral, and other factors associated with various levels of intake.

We use a number of information sources, including per capita food supply data and survey data, to determine estimates for single points in time as well as trends over time. Existing nationwide food consumption surveys are a major source of individual-level data, but we have also developed new surveillance data resources as necessary. For example, we have included diet-related questions on a national and a state-level health survey.

Last modified:
28 Apr 2006
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