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Pediatric nutrition surveillance; 2009 report
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    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ;
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    "The Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) is a public health surveillance system that monitors the nutritional status of low-income children in federally funded maternal and child health programs. Data on birthweight, anemia, breastfeeding, short stature, underweight, overweight, and obesity are collected for children who attend public health clinics for routine care, nutrition education, and supplemental food. The goal of the PedNSS is to collect, analyze, and disseminate surveillance data to guide public health policy and action. PedNSS information is used to set public health priorities and to plan, implement, and evaluate nutrition programs. Data are collected at the clinic level, aggregated at the state level, and then submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for analysis. A national nutrition surveillance report is produced, and an additional surveillance report is produced for each contributor. A contributor is defined as a state, U.S. territory, or Indian Tribal Organization (ITO). In 2009, a total of 55 contributors, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 6 ITOs, participated in the PedNSS. These contributors submitted data for nearly 9 million children from birth to age 4 years, which is nearly 4 million more children than in 2000. This gain is due to increases both in the number of contributors to the PedNSS and in the number of children reported by each contributor. Fluctuations in the number of contributors or the demographic characteristics of the contributors' populations can affect trends. The number of PedNSS contributors differs slightly from year to year because some contributors did not provide data every year during the 10-year period from 2000-2009. Data for the 2009 PedNSS were collected from children enrolled in federally funded programs that serve low-income children. These programs include the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) (85.8%) and other programs (14.1%), such as the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment program and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Title V program. This report summarizes 2009 data and highlights data trends from 2000-2009." - p. 1

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