The Health Survey for England is a series of annual surveys designed to measure health and health related behaviours in adults and children living in private households in England. The survey has been commissioned by the Information Centre for health and social care since April 2005 and carried out since 1994 by the Joint Health Surveys Unit.
The survey consists of an interview and nurse visit. It has a series of core elements that are included every year and special topics that are included in selected years. Core topics include general health, smoking, drinking and fruit and vegetable consumption, height, weight, blood pressure measurements and blood and saliva samples. Special topics include cardiovascular disease, physical activity, accidents, lung function measurement and certain blood analytes. The trend tables focus upon key changes in core topics and measurements.
This year the trend tables have been reformatted for ease of use and for the first time, include figures for all adults and for all children as well as for men and women and boys and girls. Tables for adults and children are presented in separate workbooks. New tables have been introduced this year on waist circumference and a combination of BMI and waist circumference for adults, and physical activity levels for children.
Detailed findings for 2006 are reported in the main report: Health Survey for England 2006, cardiovascular disease and risk factors in adults, and Obesity and other risk factors in children.