The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) launched in King County on Sept. 23.
Each year, approximately 7,000 randomly selected residents in 15 counties across the nation have the opportunity to participate in the current National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
“The survey is a unique resource for health information, and without it, we would lack important knowledge about major health conditions,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden.
Public health officials, legislators, and physicians use the information gathered by NHANES to develop health policies, direct and design health programs and services, and expand health knowledge for the nation.
In addition, national references are produced and standardized growth charts are created for pediatricians across the country to track childrens’ growth.
Individuals selected for the survey represent the U.S. population — all races/ethnicities and all ages. Respondents participate in a health interview conducted in the respondent’s home followed by a health examination that takes place in one of three mobile examination centers. Interviews can be conducted in non-English languages.
All participants receive an examination by a physician, as well as a dietary interview, and body measurements that include height and weight. Some will be eligible for a hearing test, a scan to evaluate body fat, a breathing test, as well as a blood pressure test. The various tests and procedures depend upon the age of the participant.
All individual information collected in the survey is kept strictly confidential, and privacy is protected by public law. Participants selected to undergo the physical examination receive reimbursement for travel expenses and remuneration of up to $125 per person. (end)