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CDC conducting health survey in Kent County


It’s possible that some people in the Cedar Springs/Sand Lake/Sparta area may be selected to participate in a national survey on the health of people in Michigan.

The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers of Disease Control, is conducting the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive survey of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population. It is coming to Kent County from April 28 through June 12. Data will be collected through household interviews and standardized testing in their mobile units. About 443 people will be asked to participate.

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

No medical care is provided directly in the mobile examination center, but a report on physical findings is given to each participant along with an explanation from survey medical staff. The various tests and procedures performed depend on the age and gender of the participant. All information collected in the survey is kept strictly confidential and privacy is protected by public law.

What will you get for participating?

* All participants receive a free and confidential health and nutrition evaluation.

* Individuals who agree to participate will receive compensation for their time and travel expenses of up to $125.

* Your participation can help develop and evolve national health programs and policies.

*If you are selected, you will help make a difference in our nation’s health!


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