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Monday, September 29, 2014

Local public health departments asking Twin Cities residents to take part in Metro SHAPE

During the next several months, people in 60,000 households in the Twin Cities metropolitan area will be asked to provide information about their health. The Dakota County Public Health Department and seven other local public health departments are conducting a voluntary, confidential survey as part of ongoing efforts to determine the health status and needs of the community.
 
Participants in Metro SHAPE (Survey of the Health of All the Population and Environment) are randomly selected from all residences. Respondents will have the opportunity to answer questions online or fill out a paper copy of the survey.
 
During the past 15 years, the health departments have conducted similar surveys to identify local health issues. Survey participants help provide vital information about the factors and trends affecting the health of adults living in the area.
 
Metro SHAPE data help local public health, human services, and nonprofit agencies understand current health trends among adults in their communities and help develop ways to improve health, such as increasing opportunities for physical activity, expanding access to healthy food, and reducing tobacco use.
 
For more information about the Metro SHAPE 2014 survey, visit www.MetroSHAPE.us. The Metro SHAPE 2014 survey is funded in part by the Statewide Health Improvement Program of the Minnesota Department of Health.

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