Why follow up on the original NHBLI NGHS study?

The original study was conducted from 1987 to 1997. We now have the opportunity to extend the length of the study and follow up on the original participants (then girls) who are now women. We are hoping to learn about how stress may be transmitted across generations and to better understand factors related to women and children’s nutrition and health. 

Who is eligible to participate in the follow-up study?

We invite women who were part of the original NHLBI NGHS project that was conducted in Richmond, CA (Contra Costa County) from 1987 to 1997 to participate, along with their biological children between the ages of 2 and 17 years, if applicable.

If you were an NGHS participant, whether you live in Richmond or are no longer residing in the area, we invite you to join our study.

What type of study is NGHS?

NGHS is a longitudinal study. It was initially conducted over a 10-year period and today we are following up on the original group of participants.

What data will be collected?


  • For women: questionnaires asking about demographics, health, eating, and stress
  • For children (if applicable): questionnaires asking about feeding, eating, and behavior

Physical measurements: height, weight, hip and waist circumference, abdominal diameter, blood pressure

Cognitive measurements: via computer and paper tasks

Biological samples: hair, saliva, stool, blood

3-Day Diary: a journal to record mood, food and drink, daily activity and stress over a 3-day period

Please note that we ask for your consent for each part of the study, and all information you provide will be kept confidential.

I was part of the original Richmond cohort and am interested in this follow-up study, but haven't been contacted yet. When will I be contacted?

We are excited to be embarking on this project, and hope to be in touch with you sometime over our study period! As we are going into the third year of the project, we are continuing to send out mailings with an “Opt-In” card for interested participants (keep an eye out for us in the mail!). You may also contact us here.

What happens after the study is complete?

We will share our findings with national health and medical organizations (e.g., National Institutes for Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). We will also publish our research in well-established scientific journals and share findings at conferences focused on scientific research. We hope that this project can contribute to real world practices that improve the health and nutrition of women and children.