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 Importance of Participation

Your Child, Your Community, Your Country, Children Everywhere

The National Children’s Study is a unique opportunity to be a part of a nationwide landmark health effort. It will be one of the most comprehensive research efforts, and the largest and most detailed study in history focused on children’s health and development in the Unites States. The Study will examine the effects of the environment, as broadly defined to include factors such as air, water, diet, sound, family dynamics, community and cultural influences, and genetics on the growth, development, and health of children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21 years. 

The goal of the Study is to improve the health and well-being of children and contribute to understanding the role various factors have on health and disease. Findings from the Study will be made available as the research progresses, making potential benefits known to the public as soon as possible. 

Data from the Study may inform research into many conditions such as, but not limited to, birth defects and pregnancy-related problems; injuries; asthma; obesity; diabetes; and behavior, learning, and mental health disorders. By tracking children’s health and development from conception through infancy, childhood, and early adulthood, the Study hopes to determine what makes children healthy and to better explain how the environment can impact children’s ability to grow into healthy adults.

Women and their families can have a major impact on the health of future generations by joining the National Children’s Study, helping their communities and country to gain a better understanding of children’s overall health and development.

The National Children’s Study will periodically provide Study participants with news and updates regarding the Study, including medical discoveries that have been made and research findings from local Study teams. We will also give participants reports on some of the information we collect about them, like height, weight, and blood pressure. 

The National Children’s Study is a landmark study because it includes children and families from different areas of the country, diverse cultures and backgrounds, and varied family types and traditions. This will allow researchers to focus on issues that are important to the diverse U.S. population. The Study will provide researchers with a better understanding of many conditions and exposures that affect not just an individual or groups of individuals, but entire populations. To find out if you are eligible to participate in the Study, contact the appropriate local Study location.

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