What We’re Doing
Through the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, CDC works in the United States and around the world to:
- Conduct surveillance to identify and monitor iodine, iron, and anemia levels among vulnerable and high risk populations.
- Provide the Infant and Toddler Nutrition website as a resource for parents and caregivers. This site offers practical strategies on feeding healthy foods and drinks to infants and toddlers, from birth to 24 months of age.
- Work with partners such as the American Academy of Pediatrics to engage pediatricians in advising on the importance of good nutrition practices for young children.
- Help countries develop national-level nutrition surveillance systems and national micronutrient surveys.
- Help countries design, monitor, and evaluate interventions such as mass food fortification, home fortification, and micronutrient supplementation.
- Build laboratory capacity for vitamin and mineral biomarker monitoring.
- Work with partners, such as the World Health Organization, to develop global guidelines on vitamin and mineral interventions as well as the assessment of anemia and micronutrient status.
Page last reviewed: May 14, 2021