According to NHNANES Study Manager Jacque DeMatteis, CDC office staff will begin to operate in Cadiz on July 24 to prepare for the study. Interviews of residents chosen at random through census data to form a study group will begin August 2, and examinations of the study group will last from August 23 until September 6.
The CDC selected Trigg County through statistical data and will operate at the former County School Bus Garage on Main Street across from the Trigg County Schools.
“We only have an address before the interview. A household may be selected, for example, if there are members over 60 or under age one. Fifteen counties across the country are selected every year, and all the individuals, households and counties comprise a representative sample of the entire United States population,” said DeMatteis.
In a press release, CDC Director Julie L. Gerberding said, “NHANES is very much like a ‘health center on wheels.’ That goes out into actual communities to get data on real Americans. It is truly a unique resource for health information in this country and without it, we wouldn’t have data on a number of important heath conditions.”
Examples of the study’s findings include an apparent correlation between the decline of serum cholesterol levels in adults, and a decline in high blood pressure in the same period.
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