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Publications from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes Health and Medicine Division (HMD) publications released after 1998. A complete list of HMD’s publications from its establishment in 1970 to the present is available as a PDF.


  • Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: How Do We ... Released: September 13, 2006
    The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity report, Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: How Do We Measure Up?, examines the progress made by obesity prevention initiatives in the United States over the past two years. The report builds on the IOM's 2005 report, Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance, which was a congressionally mandated study that provided a blueprint to guide concerted actions for many stakeholders--including government, industry, media, communities, schools, and families--to collectively respond to the growing obesity epidemic in children and youth.
  • Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: Focus on Industry ... Released: April 06, 2006
    This brief summary highlights the recurring themes that emerged from the symposium for accelerating change and moving forward with obesity prevention efforts.
  • Mineral Requirements for Military Personnel: Levels Needed ... Released: March 21, 2006
    The Committee on Mineral Requirements for Cognitive and Physical Performance for Military Personnel produced recommendations for mineral intake levels during military garrison training. These levels are different from the levels required by the general population because soldiers engaged in extensive training while in potentially stressful situations; the difference in intake levels for certain minerals mainly take into account losses through sweating that come with the increased physical activity that training entails.
  • Food Chemicals Codex: First Supplement to the Fifth Edition ... Released: March 17, 2006
    This First Supplement to the Fifth Edition provides revisions and updates, and reports on changes in tests, monographs, and assays to the Fifth Edition.
  • Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: Focus on ... Released: February 17, 2006
    The Institute of Medicine (IOM), through the Food and Nutrition Board, and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is undertaking a study to design a dissemination effort that will promote the implementation of the findings and recommendations for the IOM report, Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance, and to assess progress in childhood obesity prevention efforts.
  • Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? ... Released: December 05, 2005
    The report provides the most comprehensive review to date of the scientific evidence on the influence of food marketing on diets and diet-related health of children and youth.
  • The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Lecture 2004: Perspectives ... Released: November 14, 2005
    The 2004 Rosenthal Lecture featured a panel talk on the IOM report, Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance.
  • Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: Focus on Schools ... Released: October 12, 2005
    This brief summary highlights the recurring themes for accelerating change and moving forward with obesity prevention efforts that emerged from the symposium: forging strategic partnerships; empowering local schools and communities; educating stakeholders; evaluating obesity prevention efforts; documenting the benefits of obesity prevention; innovating to address barriers; using a systems approach; and developing a long-term strategic plan.
  • Nutrient Composition of Rations for Short-Term, High-Intensity ... Released: June 03, 2005
    This report reviews the unique circumstances of soldiers deployed in short-term, high intensity missions; by considering health concerns, food intake, energy expenditure, physical exercise and food technology issues, the report gives recommendations on the nutritional composition of daily rations for assault missions.
  • WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change : Health and ... Released: April 27, 2005
    The committee concluded that it was time for a change in the WIC food packages and the report provides details on the proposed new food packages, summarizes how the proposed packages differ from current packages, and discusses the rationale for the proposed packages.