The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive survey of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population gets underway in Johnson County beginning on June 10, 2013.
The NHANES is a program that monitors the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population. It is a used as a resource for developing effective health policies and programs.
Each year, 5000 residents across the nation have the chance to participate in the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (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 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.”
Public health officials, legislators, and physicians use the information gathered in
NHANES to develop sound health policies, direct and design health programs and services, and expand the health knowledge for the nation. In addition, national references are produced and standardized growth charts are created for pediatricians across the country using NHANES data.
Everyone in the U.S., from babies yet to be born to the elderly, has benefited from the information gathered over the past 50 years.  The survey itself may not be a household name, but the comprehensive data collected by NHANES has far reaching and significant impact on everything from the quality of the air we breathe, the vaccinations you get from your doctor, to the emergence of low-fat and “light” foods on the shelves of your grocery store.  Now, an NHANES team of health professionals, nutritionists and health technicians is heading toward Johnson County and wants everyone who is lucky enough to be selected for the survey to agree to participate.
Individuals selected for the NHANES program represent the U.S. population covering all ages and race and ethnicities. 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.
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 depend on the participant’s age. All information collected in the survey is kept strictly confidential and privacy is protected by public law.
Residents will have an invitation-only opportunity to participate in NHANES. Individuals who agree to participate will receive compensation for their time and travel expenses of up to $125.