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Federal Health Researchers To Examine Duval County Residents

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The federal government will be studying Jacksonville residents’ health habits.

The National Institutes of Health has chosen Duval as one of the 15 counties nationwide that will participate in its annual survey.

Duval Health Department Director Dr. Kelli Wells is excited by the opportunity to be part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination  Survey.

“One of the things that’s really terrific about it is that NHANES has actually, the data has actually been utilized to make significant health changes for our country,” she said.

Wells says researchers will be going door-to-door to find volunteers willing to get checked out.

The examinations can take up to an hour-and-a-half and will be conducted in mobile exam rooms set up at various locations.

The results of the study will be given to everyone who agrees to participate.

NIH’s goal is to examine 5,000 people across the country.

Blake Allen is a senior studying multimedia journalism at the University of North Florida.