Mercy Hospital St. Louis has the privilege of hosting the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive study of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population. The mobile examination center is located on the Mercy Hospital St. Louis campus - the only Missouri site for this year's study.
Each year, approximately 7,000 randomly-selected residents in 15 counties across the nation have the opportunity to participate in the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
Public health officials, legislators, and physicians use the information gathered in NHANES to develop sound health policies, direct and design health programs and services, and expand the health knowledge for the nation. NHANES captures data to identify and address health issues that will help everyone maintain independence and good health. In addition, national references are produced and standardized growth charts are created for pediatricians across the country to track children’s growth.