published on January 18, 2018 - 12:24 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will be in Fresno County at the end of the month to survey residents about their nutritional habits.

Considered the most comprehensive survey of the health and nutritional status of the United States population, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) will be coming on Jan. 30. Fresno County was one of 15 U.S. counties to be selected for the initiative.

Nationwide, 5,000 residents are selected annually for a chance to participate in the survey, conducted by the NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“NHANES serves as the nation’s ‘health check-up,’ going into communities to collect health information throughout the country,” said Charles J. Rothwell, NCHS director. “The survey is a unique resource for health information, and without it we would lack important knowledge about major health conditions.”

Residents will have an invitation-only opportunity to participate in NHANES. Individuals are selected at random. Respondents first 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.

“The Fresno County Department of Public Health encourages participation from individuals if asked to participate,” said Dr. Ken Bird, Fresno County health officer. “This survey will help us better understand the health status of individuals not only in Fresno County, but also across California and the United States.”

While no medical care is provided directly, a report on physical findings is given to each participant along with an explanation from the staff. Participants will receive compensation for their time and up to $125 for travel expenses

All information collected is kept confidential and privacy is protected by law.

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