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Self-Reported Cholesterol Screening

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Self-Reported Cholesterol Screening by County, New Jersey, 2015, 2017, 2021

Why Is This Important?

Cholesterol testing is considered a necessary preventive health care measure. High blood cholesterol has been linked to hardening of the arteries, heart disease, as well an increased risk of death from heart attacks.


Proportion of adults aged 18 and older who have had their blood cholesterol checked by a health professional within the past five years.

Data Sources

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Number of persons aged 18 and over interviewed for this survey who reported that they have had their blood cholesterol level checked in the past five years
Denominator:Total number of persons aged 18 and older interviewed during the same survey period

How Are We Doing?

In 2021, approximately 90% of New Jersey adults have had their blood cholesterol checked by a health professional within the past five years. Asians (92.4%) and Whites (90.7%) have a higher prevalence of cholesterol screenings compared to Blacks (89.4%) and Hispanics (84.9%).

What Is Being Done?

The National Diabetes Education Program has instituted the ABC campaign which promotes the screening for A1c (blood glucose), Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol as monitoring measures to help control diabetes and heart disease. Heart disease is a major complication of diabetes and the Department of Health has suggested that target values for A1c , Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol be established by health providers in partnership with patients based on their individual circumstances.

Health Program Information

NJDOH Chronic Disease Program: []

Indicator Data Last Updated On 10/10/2023, Published on 02/07/2024
Chronic Disease Program, Division of Community Health, New Jersey Department of Health, Trenton, NJ 08625 (