Ten-state nutrition survey, 1968-1970. IV. Biochemical.
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Ten-state nutrition survey, 1968-1970. IV. Biochemical.


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    In the fall of 1967, Congress directed the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare to survey and identify the prevalence, magnitude, and distribution of malnutrition and related health problems within the United States. The Department designated the Nutrition Program, at that time headed by Dr. Arnold E. Schaefer, to conduct the survey. The Program brought together several expert consultant committees in 1968 to identify the population groups and areas of the country where nutrition problems would be most prevalent, and to assist in the development of survey procedures. Primary emphasis was placed on lower income groups. However, the target areas also included middle- and upper-income groups. The Program selected 10 states plus New York City as geographically representative of the major areas of the country, the broad diversity of economic, ethnic, and sociocultural composition, and availability of trained manpower to conduct such a survey. The work was accomplished through contracts with state health departments and university schools of medicine. The survey collected five types of data: general demographic; dietary intake; clinical and anthropometric; dental; and biochemical. The results of this nutrition survey, the largest ever conducted, should be of value not only to Congress in its deliberations, but also to health workers in developing programs designed to alleviate the problems and concerns which the survey demonstrated. D H EW Publication No. (HSM) 72-8132.
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