Montgomery County picked for national health survey

June 24, 2012 8:04:45 AM PDT
Montgomery County is getting its own "health check" this summer.

The county has been picked as one of 15 counties for this year's edition of the "National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

N-Hanes is a random survey of about 500 homes that's used to gather a wide variety of information.

"The home interview process takes about 45 minutes. Some of the questions are work history, health history, nutrition, things of that nature," said Larry Dobbins, Study Manager.

Dobbins says in addition to home interviews, some volunteers will be invited to have physical checks.

"Hearing tests, respiratory health, there's a complete lab work-up. There's body measures, there's a body mass - a dexa scan if you will," he said.

All the data gathered is confidential and very important.

It has the potential to set the stage for major health policies, such as bans on leaded gasoline, adding folic acid to bread and cereal to prevent birth defects along with updating children's growth charts.