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The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) is the most extensive national survey on physical health measures ever conducted in the country. Data collection consists of two main steps, a personal interview at the respondent's household followed later by a visit to the CHMS mobile clinic where physical measurements and blood and urine samples are taken. Indoor air samples are also taken from the home to measure for a number of airborne substances.
The CHMS captures a broad portrait of the health of Canadians by gathering baseline data on a variety of topics, including cardiovascular health, nutritional status, chronic diseases and physical activity, as well as exposure to infectious diseases and environmental contaminants. The survey collects health information that can't be otherwise captured, or that may be inaccurately reported, through self-report questionnaires or health care records.
The CHMS is conducted by Statistics Canada in partnership with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
During CHMS cycle 2, physical measurements were collected in 18 sites across Canada from 6,395 people representing the Canadian population aged 3 to 79. Collection sites were located in seven provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Collection started in August 2009 and continued until November 2011. Data are representative at the national level.
Tables 33 to 56 are part of the release of CHMS data that began on November 21, 2012. Tables 1 to 32 were released on September 20, 2012. Additional tables will be added to the publication at the time of a future release (planned for April 17, 2013).
In addition to the data tables, each release of data is also accompanied by a user guide, data dictionaries, derived variable documentation, and analytical articles.
Many of the data tables for cycle 2 have the same or similar content to the data tables for cycle 1. Appendix 1 provides a concordance table for the two cycles.
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