What is PedNSS/PNSS? - What is PedNSS?
Why was PedNSS created?
In the late 1960s, the United States Ten-State Nutrition Survey characterized
the nutritional status of children from low-income families as being less than
1972). The findings generated concern about the nutritional
status of low-income populations in the United States, especially children.
Specifically, calories, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C were less likely to
be consumed in adequate amounts by low-income black and Hispanic children. In
response, CDC began working with five states (Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Tennessee, and Washington) in 1973 to develop a system for continuous monitoring
of the nutritional status of selected high risk population groups (CDC,
1984). PedNSS provides data on the prevalence and trends of
nutrition-related indicators among specific pediatric populations. Health
professionals use this data for program planning and targeting, for developing
appropriate health and nutrition interventions, and for monitoring and
evaluating children’s health.