STATISTICS Canada is moving a mobile health testing clinic to Terrace and Kitimat next week.

Stats Can to probe Terrace’s physical fitness level

Testing includes taking urine and blood samples from participants

Approximately 350 Terrace and Kitimat residents are being asked if they’re willing to be weighed, measured, poked and prodded by Statistics Canada employees to determine their general fitness and health level.

Participation is voluntary and begins with questions asked in a participant’s home about nutrition, alcohol and tobacco consumption, medical history, and level of physical activity.

They’ll then be asked to go to a Statistics Canada mobile clinic in the Sportsplex parking lot where their body dimensions will be taken along with undergoing testing for blood pressure, respiratory function and hearing.

“Finally, urine and blood samples will be collected to assess participants’ cardiovascular health, nutritional status, and exposure to environmental contaminants,” indicates a Statistics Canada press release.

Data “helps to provide an accurate portrait of the health of Canadians. Various health care stakeholders, including professionals, researchers and public health planners, use this data to adapt programs and services to the population’s needs,” the press release continues.

“Moreover, well-known national organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross and the Heart and Stroke Foundation have shown their support for the survey.”

Statistics Canada says all information gathered is kept confidential.

The surveys and testing begin May 5.

“Respondents are selected at random (you must be selected to participate) however it is not a mandatory survey,” said Statistics Canada spokesperson Joel Roy. “The selected respondents are asked to participate but can refuse if they wish not take part in the survey. This being said, each respondent is randomly selected to represent others in his/her community therefore they cannot be replaced by anyone else.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Grant could help ease road rebuild cost

Would help pay for sidewalk, bike lane

Terrace Library, Misty River Books adapt amid COVID-19 to keep readers reading

Library also unrolling online programs to keep kids occupied

Preventable accidents may impede Search and Rescue capacity during pandemic

TSAR vice president urges outdoor enthusiasts to pause risky activities

Rio Tinto donates masks to Kitimat RCMP officers

Providing safety glasses as well

B.C. COVID-19 contact restrictions working, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

’Not out of the woods yet’ as next two weeks are critical

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis

Morning world update: Cases surge past 600,000; positive news in Germany

Spain suffers its deadliest day as Germany considers April 20 to possibly loosen restrictions

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

Ministry of Education rolls out new tool for school

67 more B.C. COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Vancouver region

Positive tests found in Surrey, Langley long-term care facilities

‘Now is not the time to bag that peak’: BCSAR manager discourages risky outdoor adventures

Call volumes are not going down, even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists

Most Read