The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) rolling programme is a continuous, cross-sectional survey. It is designed to collect detailed, quantitative information on the food consumption, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 1.5 years and over living in private households in the UK. The survey covers a representative sample of around 1000 people per year. Fieldwork began in 2008 and is now beginning its eleventh year.
Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) jointly fund the UK NDNS. Under the contract for years 6 to 10, government bodies in Wales and Northern Ireland have funded additional recruitment in their countries to allow them to report their own results.
The contract for years 6 to 10 was delivered by NatCen Social Research, working with the Medical Research Council (MRC) Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (formerly known as MRC Human Nutrition Research).
A contract to deliver years 11 to 14 of the rolling programme (2018 to 2019 up to 2021 to 2022) has been awarded to NatCen Social Research working with the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge.
NDNS provides essential evidence on the diet and nutrition of the UK population to enable PHE to identify and address nutritional issues in the population and monitor progress towards public health nutrition objectives.