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National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

Oakland County has been selected to participate in the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) during the summer of 2017.

What is NHANES?

NHANES is a survey used to evaluate the health and nutritional status of adults and children across the United States.

Why is NHANES unique?

  • Determines the prevalence of major diseases and risk factors for diseases
  • Combines interviews and physical examinations of participants
  • Has been in existence since 1960 and surveyed over 190,000 people

What are the overall benefits of NHANES?

  • Participants will find out more about their overall health and the health of their family.
  • Results from local participants and persons across the nation will be combined in order to:
    • Provide statistics that influence public health policy and services
    • Identify risk factors for certain diseases
    • Reduce problems associated with heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and more

How is data collected?

  • Step 1: Home-based interviews with CDC employee
  • Step 2 (Based on eligibility): Mobile Examination Centers
    • Blood pressure testing
    • Height and weight measurements
    • Oral health screening with dentist
    • Laboratory tests on blood & urine

What are the benefits to participating?

  • Many measurements/tests performed are unique and not commonly done in doctor’s offices during routine physical exams.
  • Chance for participants to take important tests and gain additional health information about themselves.
  • Tests are done at no expense to participants.
  • NHANES will pay back participants for transportation and baby/elder care.

Who in Oakland County will be participating in NHANES?

  • Communities throughout Oakland County will have residents participating in the survey.
  • Individual eligibility is determined by a set of questions administered by a NHANES interviewer during a home interview.
  • For more information on how participants are selected, please visit the CDC NHANES webpage.

Who do I call with questions?

  • To discuss the survey or to speak to a CDC Senior Medical Officer about your results, call 800-452-6115.
  • For questions about your rights as a survey participant, call Research Ethics Review Board at the National Center for Health Statistics at 800-223-8118.


NHANES Fact Sheet

NHANES Homepage
NHANES Participant Webpage