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A Department of Defense Research Project
About the Study

In 2008 an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report recognized that a clear picture of the use of dietary supplements (i.e. doses, patterns of use, expectations) does not exist and recommended the conduct of surveys that provide data on such usage.

The Supplement Use Study was designed, in collaboration with Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, California, the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, Massachusetts, and the United States Army Public Health Center (APHC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland to meet these research challenges.

Individuals invited to participate in the Supplement Use Study were selected by a random sample drawn from active duty rosters. Participation is completely voluntary. However, we need service members who are taking and are not taking supplements in order to provide the DoD with important information about the similarities and differences between service members who do and do not take supplements, the types of supplements being used, the reasons for their use, positive health effects and adverse events that might be associated with them. So, if you are not taking dietary supplements we would still like to hear from you. About 40,000 active duty service members will take part in this study.

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Naval Health Research Center

As the Department of Defense's (DoD) premier deployment health research center, NHRC's innovative research and development optimizes the operational health and readiness of the U.S. service member. Located in San Diego, NHRC is in closeproximity to more than 95,000 military members, world-class universities, and industry leaders. Our expert team sets the standards in collaboration, innovation, and research excellence to take our science from the bench to the battlefield.


United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM)

USARIEM is internationally recognized as the DoD's premier laboratory for Warfighter health and performance research and focuses on environmental medicine, physiology, physical and cognitive performance, and nutrition research. Military guidance has been published for operations in heat, cold, and high-altitude environments and nutrition for health and performance. By leveraging its unique capabilities and facilities with industry, academia, and the government, USARIEM produces a variety of important products, including performance optimization doctrine, preventive medicine and planning doctrine, materiel development support, physiological monitoring strategies and predictive algorithms, and Health Hazard Assessments. USARIEM's mission is to optimize Warfighter health and performance through medical research.


United States Army Public Health Center

United States Army Public Health Center located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland is responsible for providing technical support and expertise in the areas of preventive medicine, public health, health promotion, and wellness to military units around the globe. APHC promotes disease and injury prevention in soldiers, veterans, retirees, their families, Army civilians, and provides veterinary services for the Army and Department of Defense. APHC provides consulting services to senior military leaders, commanders both deployed and in garrison, and military medical and health professionals.