At A Glance

Noteworthy Characteristics

  • Includes data on the prevalence of chronic disease precursors, including both diagnosed and undiagnosed hypertension, high cholesterol, and pre-diabetes.
  • Can be used to estimate prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control of health conditions among demographic subgroups identified by race/ethnicity, sex, and age.
  • Based upon the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
  • First successful population-based local-level examination survey.
  • Provides a population-based repository that can be used to explore public health issues. Both serum and urine samples are available to qualified researchers.



To collect data about key health indicators from individuals in New York City.

Target Population

Adult household residents, ages 20 and older, from the five boroughs of New York City ─ Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.


Conducted first in 2004 and again in 2013-14.


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) conducted the 2004 survey with support from the National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NYC DOHMH and the City University of New York School of Public Health conducted the 2013-14 survey with support from Robert Wood Johnson, Robin Hood, New York State Health, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundations.

Special Note(s)

Learn more about NYC HANES.
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Information on NYC HANES can also be accessed through:


Sample Design

Cross-sectional. The survey was designed using a three-stage cluster sampling plan. Learn more about the 2004<> and the [2013-14 sampling design.

Source of Information

Physical examination and laboratory tests, as well as a face-to-face interview.

Sample Size

1,999 individuals in 2004, and 1527 individuals in 2013.

Special Note(s)

Additional information is available here:

Thorpe LE, Gwynn RC, Mandel-Ricci J, Roberts S, Tsoi B, Berman L, et al. Study design and participation rates of the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2004. Preventing Chronic Disease 2006;3(3):A94.

Key Variables


NameMethods of Assessment
General health statusInterview/questionnaire


NameMethods of Assessment
Food outside homeInterview/questionnaire
Fruit/vegetable consumptionInterview/questionnaire
Meat consumptionInterview/questionnaire

Physical Activity-Related

NameMethods of Assessment
Recreational physical activityInterview/questionnaire
Transportation-related physical activityInterview/questionnaire
Strength activitiesInterview/questionnaire
Sedentary behaviorInterview/questionnaire


NameMethods of Assessment
Sleep continuity: OtherInterview/Questionnaire
Daytime fatigue/sleepiness and/or alertnessInterview/Questionnaire
Sleep-related substance use: Medication useInterview/Questionnaire


NameMethods of Assessment
Height and weightMeasured
Waist circumferenceMeasured
Weight historyInterview/questionnaire


NameMethods of Assessment


NameMethods of Assessment
Chronic disease biomarkers (lipid profile, glucose)Clinical and laboratory testing
Diabetes statusInterview/questionnaire
Family medical historyInterview/questionnaire

Data Access and Cost

Data Availability




Geocode Variable(s)


Existing Linkages

None found

Selected Publications

Gwynn RC, Berger M, Garg RK, Waddell EN, Philburn R, Thorpe LE. Measures of adiposity and cardiovascular disease risk factors, New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2004 Preventing Chronic Disease 2011 May;8(3):A56.

Gwynn RC, Garg RK, Kerker BD, Frieden TR, Thorpe LE. Contributions of a local health examination survey to the surveillance of chronic and infectious diseases in New York City. American Journal of Public Health. 2009;99(1):152-159.

Rajpathak SN, Gupta LS, Waddell EN, Upadhyay UD, Wildman RP, Kaplan R, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Wylie-Rosett J. Elevated risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome among Asians and south Asians: results from the 2004 New York City HANES. Ethnicity & Disease 2010;20(3):225-230.

Thorpe LE, Gwynn RC, Mandel-Ricci J, Roberts S, Tsoi B, Berman L, et al. Study design and participation rates of the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2004. Preventing Chronic Disease 2006;3(3):A94.

Additional Publications