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Health survey: exam center

The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, is conducting a health survey. A mobile exam center, similar to this, will be stationed at the Big Fresno Fair where selected residents will take part in voluntary and confidential exams.

SELMA – Surveyors will be knocking on doors to gather health data for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Fresno County is one of 15 counties across the United States selected to be part of the effort to gather data on public health problems from a national perspective. The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, is conducting the survey.

Fresno County Health Officer Dr. Ken Bird encourages residents who are contacted to participate.

“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,” he said.

The surveying began Jan. 23 and is scheduled to go until March 3.

The CDC has contacted local law enforcement officials requesting assistance in assuring the public this is a legitimate, federally funded national effort. The Selma Police also sent out a notice to this affect.

A brief questionnaire will be used to log demographic information used to identify sample participants for the survey.

Merino Mercy, an NHANES outreach coordinator, said interviews will be conducted on residents’ doorsteps around the county, including in Selma. Selected participants will take part in exams starting Feb. 20 at a mobile exam center stationed at the Big Fresno Fair, 1121 S. Chance Ave.

If residents agree to participate, they will receive compensation for their time and travel expenses of up to $125. Participants also receive a free and confidential health and nutrition evaluation.

Public health officials, legislators, and physicians use the information gathered in NHANES to develop health policies, direct and design health programs and services and expand the health knowledge for the nation. NHANES findings provide critical health-related information on a number of issues such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. NHANES data are used to produce national references and are used to create standardized growth charts for pediatricians across the country.

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