June 18, 2012
Lee Anne Flagg , a trainee in the UAB Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Obesity-Related Research (HL105349) of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center  (NORC), received a travel award to attend the Add Health Users Conference which will be held July 26-27, 2012 at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.
The conference is sponsored by Add Health at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health  (Add Health) is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. The Add Health cohort has been followed into young adulthood with four in-home interviews, the most recent in 2008, when the sample was aged 24-32*. Add Health combines longitudinal survey data on respondents’ social, economic, psychological and physical well-being with contextual data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships, providing unique opportunities to study how social environments and behaviors in adolescence are linked to health and achievement outcomes in young adulthood. The fourth wave of interviews expanded the collection of biological data in Add Health to understand the social, behavioral, and biological linkages in health trajectories as the Add Health cohort ages through adulthood.
Lee Anne used the “National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health” dataset for her thesis, "Neighborhood Context and Birth Outcomes: Preconception Diet and Physical Activity Level as Intervening Behavioral Variables," which she will be presenting at the conference. She used multiple levels of data, including social, behavioral, and biological.