Videojournalist: Angela Fowler
Pittsylvania Co., VA – People on the Southside will soon get tested for medical problems to help determine the health issues in different regions.
Danville and Pittsylvania County were chosen along with 14 other communities to participate.
Up to 1,000 people will be interviewed and around 85 % of those will go on to be tested.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey is behind the project.
In August, there will be five giant trailers rolling into town filled with doctors, nurses and dentists. Everyone who participates will get paid too.
"It's adults and children, they will be studying everything from dental health, smoking habits, lifestyle habits, cholesterol levels, heart disease, all sorts of health problems," said Linda Fitzgerald, assistant to the director of public health.
This type of survey has existed since the 60s and really has an impact. For instance, it was instrumental in creating unleaded gasoline because they found so many cases of lead poisoning.