If you see a postcard or letter in your mailbox from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention soon, it’s most likely the real deal.
That’s because Wichita County was one of 15 counties randomly selected by the CDC to participate in it’s upcoming National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey or NHANES. It’s the first time the county has been selected.
NHANES is designed to test the health and nutrition status of children and adults. One of the major accomplishments of this survey was the removal of lead out of gasoline years ago. Assistant Director of Health for the Wichita County Public Health District Amy Fagan said while participating is not a requirement of any sort, it’s a great opportunity to help other others.
“NHANES data is considered the best data and the most comprehensive. And so people who are not just registered dietitians but others who receive some type of nutritional counseling or other health statistics are trained using this data and information. It’s kind of your public duty if you will,” Fagan said.
CDC representatives will arrive later in September and testing will begin in mid-October. Fagan said if you receive a card or letter and have any questions, contact the health district directly.
To get in contact with them, call 940-761-7800.