Compendium of Dietary Files for the American Southwest™
Using the DRG™ software, a food consumption database for two American southwest communities have been constructed for use in a dietary and risk assessment. These two dietary files and the references and strategy used for creating them are compiled in a comprehensive document entitled “The Compendium of Dietary Files for the American Southwest v.1.” These files describe the diet enjoyed by two distinct populations in the American Southwest, the first describes the diet of a Navajo influenced community using information from the Navajo Health and Nutrition Survey (NHNS) and the second file describes the diet of an Apache community using dietary information from the Apache in the White Mountains of Arizona. It is the goal of these two dietary profile files to more closely represent the diet of these communities than standard US surveys are able to. The goal of building these files is to have the capacity to consider important and unique dietary profiles when making decisions that affect the health of these communities and their environments. Using tools such as LifeLine, allows for the consideration that communities have differential risks caused by genetic, lifestyle, dietary, or other factors unique to the population. These files will allow for consideration of unique dietary factors and acknowledge that a unique diet is only part of the exposure profile affecting these or any population.