National Health Survey Comes To Twin Falls


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Over the next several weeks, a select few in the Magic Valley are tasked with an important job... providing valuable health information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It's all part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

A CDC team is set up at the College of Southern Idaho right now.

Twin Falls County is representing other counties just like it nationwide.

It was chosen by the CDC to participate in a national survey designed to be a snapshot of America’s health.

"We're looking for clues to America's health and how it's changing," explains Janis Eklund, study manager.

The information is then given to policy makers to decide which programs are necessary in the future.

"Each person selected represents 50,000 to 60,000 other people just like them. We cannot replace them if they choose not to participate," Eklund says.

Mobile exam units are set up in the parking lot at CSI, and over the next month hundreds will be coming through providing vital information to the CDC.

"This is the first time on a survey like this, of this magnitude, that Idaho has been chosen. And, of all the counties to pick, Twin Falls. So, it's great for us," points out Rene LeBlanc, South Central Public Health District

There's anywhere from 15 to 17 assessments. All are age-dependent.

First stop... The Dexa scan room.

"What we're looking at is body composition and bone health," Eklund says.

Measuring bone mineral density assesses osteoporosis risk.

Next... The 24-hour dietary recall area.

That's where participants will be sharing what they've consumed in the last day.

"When you see information in stories about what America eats... it's based on when people come in and do 24 hour dietary recalls," Eklund explains.

And, finally... Taste and smell assessment... The most important part... The scratch and sniff test.

"What we're testing is the addition of something we put into propane, so that when it leaks we would be able to smell it," Eklund says.

Each assessment... Just one part of the health puzzle aimed at helping policy makers piece it all together.

As a participant, you'll receive free health measurements and a report of your findings.

If you'd like more information, call 1-800-452-6115 or log onto

That information is also available on our website.

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