The Nurses’ Health Studies are among the largest and longest running investigations of factors that influence women’s health. Started in 1976 and still running, the information provided by the thousands of dedicated nurse participants has led to many new insights on health and disease. The studies have produced landmark data on cancer prevention, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and the effects of such lifestyle factors as diet and physical activity.
However, there is still a great deal that is not known, especially regarding women from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The goal of this new study, the Nurses' Health Study III, is to learn more about how women’s lifestyles (including diet, exercise, birth control, pregnancy, etc.) during their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s can influence health throughout life.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) encourages members and other nurses to consider participating in this long-term study. Your contribution can help identify important nutritional, lifestyle and biological factors which can influence women’s health. Visit the Nurses’ Health Study 3 website for more information.