Continued NIDDK Participation in ASA-24, Self-Administered 24hr Dietary Recall

September 2019 Council

Lead Division/Office


Point(s) of Contact

Mary Evans, Ph.D.

Executive Summary

Assessment of dietary intake is a key component of obesity surveillance, obesity prevention/treatment studies, and risk or management of many other conditions relevant to NIDDK’s mission. The gold standard method for dietary assessment is a 24 hour dietary recall; however, it is expensive and impractical for large-scale research. To address this challenge, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) developed the Automated, Self-administered 24-Hour Dietary Recall, ASA24, a web-based tool that enables multiple, automated, self-administered 24HRs and food records. ASA24 is well-known in the dietary assessment community and commonly-used in the conduct of many NIDDK-funded research projects. The tool is a 24/7 operation and requires ongoing maintenance and support. This initiative would support NCI’s efforts to continuously improve the ASA-24 system, its maintenance, including mandatory updates, enhancements, and user support.