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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Organization of registered dieticians and other food and nutritional professionals. Formerly the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Conducts the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States.

The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is the division that focuses on health and medicine. The Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Develops and promotes dietary guidance that links scientific research to nutrition needs of consumers.

United Stated Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This USDA agency administers 15 federal nutrition assistance programs that provide children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education.

Selected Resources

Dietary Reference Intakes Review. (The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine). Tables of the dietary reference intakes for elements, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients. These nutrient reference values serve as a guide for good nutrition and provide the scientific basis for the development of food guidelines in both the United States and Canada.

Loveless, Tracy A. Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Receipt in the Past 12 Months for Households by State: 2010 and 2011. Washington (DC): U.S. Census Bureau; 2012 Nov. (American Community Survey Briefs;11-08).

National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This is the home page of information, including publications, about the NHANES. NHANES is a major U.S. health survey that includes interviews covering demographic, socioeconomic, dietary, and health-related questions and an examination component consisting of medical, dental, physiological measurements, and laboratory tests administered by trained medical personnel.

Nutrition and You: Trends 2011 (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). This site offers presentations on the Academy’s nationwide opinion surveys showing trends in the ways Americans think about food and nutrition.

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference [Internet]. Release 25. Washington (DC): Department of Agriculture (U.S.); 2012 Sep. This database is the major source of food composition data in the United States. Search by food item, group, or list, to find nutrient values. The database includes 8,194 food items and up to 146 food components.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Data and Statistics. This page links to data and research on these FNS Programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Programs, School Meals, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

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