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Poplar Bluff -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Butler County Gears Up for CDC Survey

April 29, 2004 -- Posted at 4:03 p.m. CDT

POPLAR BLUFF -- K8 News first reported a few weeks ago that Butler County was one of just 15 counties nationwide selected to take part in a study conducted by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After polling more than 1500 residents, the labs will open Friday to those selected for the study.

The trailers are set up, the doctors are ready and Butler County is gearing up for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

"This is an extremely important project, it collects data about the nations health," said Linda Dapper, CDC Study Manager.

The CDC has asked 434 people here in Butler County to participate in their survey and they hope that at least 85% of those folks will show up. Thursday was a dry run for the facility. Michelle Jackson of the Butler County Health Department volunteered to test the equipment.

"They have a wonderful staff, everyone is nice and courteous and friendly and they explain everything that is going on. I was a little nervous, I didn't know what to expect. But once I got in here and started talking to the interviewers, everything just vanished," said Jackson.

Dapper said the study was looking for a lot of things.

"We're looking at nutrition, and we always have, it's a very important part of this study. We're also looking at hearing, we're looking at balance, we're looking at oral health. We also looking at diabetes, because again, diabetes is a major concern of the people United States, especially with our teenagers, because of Type 2 diabetes is now being identified as an epidemic in this country," said Dapper.

Those who participate in the study will receive a summary of their own health, something that Jackson says could be an eye-opener.

"It's going to make people more aware. that they do need to take into consideration their exercise habits, their eating habits. A lot of people don't take time themselves to think about that," said Jackson.

But providing data and learning about health aren't the only things participants are doing.

"They are also giving us information about what's going to happen to people as they age. So they are leaving a legacy by participating for their children and their grandchildren," said Dapper.

The CDC will be conducting the study in Butler County until June 10th. Then they will pack up their trailers and go to the next survey, which will be in Nashville.

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