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Taking the pulse of the people, literally

Statistics Canada is taking to the streets to survey Canadians on physical health measures.

Statistics Canada is taking to the streets to survey Canadians on physical health measures.

More than 400 residents of Edmonton and the surrounding municipalities have taken part in health interviews over the past three weeks and are now invited to take a physical test in the Canadian Health Measures Survey’s (CHMS) mobile clinic.

“The survey is ... taking direct physical measurements, such as blood pressure, height, weight and physical fitness,” said Scott McLean of Statistics Canada. “The survey is also collecting blood and urine samples to test for markers of chronic and infectious disease, nutritional status and environmental contaminants.”

This is the second time CHMS has collected data in the region, having done a round of testing in 2008.

“This survey is different because of the direct measures,” said Dr. Gloria Keays, associate medical officer of health for Alberta Health Services.

“It goes beyond just asking people questions about their diet, how they live and what they do.”

 
 
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