National Health Examination Survey (NHES), Cycle II

Topic/focus: General Health and Nutrition
Year(s): 1963 - 1965
Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Study and sample characteristics: Interview, physical exam
Universe: Noninstitutionalized, children ages 6 - 11 years
Variables: 545
Access: Publically available
Cost: Free
Key web links: National Health and Examination Survey
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: The NHES consists of information on a range of health topics, collected through interviews and physical exams. The second round of the NHES was conducted on a nationwide probability sample weighted to reflect the U.S. noninstitutionalized child population at the time of the survey in terms of age, sex, and certain other demographic characteristics. The NHES is organized into files based on subject matter. The following files are available through the EDSC: responses to detailed questionnaires for medical and developmental histories (completed by a household adult); responses to school questionnaires; medical, dental, and psychological examinations; vision and hearing tests; and anthropometric measurements.