We want the results from NYC HANES to represent the health of New York City as a whole. We couldn't talk to every New Yorker, so we randomly selected some neighborhoods <pdf>. The process was like picking names out of a hat. Then we randomly selected some households in those neighborhoods, and finally we selected one or two adults in each of those households.
Scientists call this a random sample, and it means that the people chosen for NYC HANES can stand in for, or represent, more than 6 million adult New Yorkers. We are grateful to all of you who participated in NYC HANES. Thank you for representing the health of adult NYC residents!
Please call 1-347-396-4171 if you have questions about NYC HANES.