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NHANES III data files are available for download from the website as data (.DAT) files along with the SAS code which is provided for your use to create a SAS dataset, and the documentation explaining how the data are arranged in the data files. To use these files you need to create a directory to save them, download the data files, SAS code, and documentation, and then run the SAS code to create the SAS datasets.


Task 1: Create a directory for NHANES III files

You will create a directory to save your data files, documentation, code, and the datasets you create. This will help keep your transport files and datasets organized.



Task 2: Download NHANES III data files and documentation

You need the data files to create your analytic dataset, and you need the documentation for reference as you continue your analysis.



Task 3: Create NHANES III datasets

After downloading the data files, you will need to execute  code to create the analytic dataset you will save in your directory. Data files are not usable without completing this task.

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