A huge survey into the health habits of people in Hull is about to get under way.
Hull City Council’s public health team will conduct the survey to learn more about the health and lifestyles of residents and what can be done to get people healthier.
A total of 4,000 people aged over 16 will be randomly selected to take part. Interviewers from Hull research company Information By Design will be knocking on doors to invite people to participate.
Those who participate will be entered into a prize draw with a top prize of £50 and two second prizes of £25 in high street store vouchers.
Staff carrying out the visits will carry identification and a letter from the council confirming they have been asked to carry out the survey – and will not pressure residents into taking part.
Those who wish to take part will receive a paper copy of the questionnaire which Information by Design staff will leave them to fill out, then return for later the same day.
Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health, said: “Nobody is obligated to take part in the health and lifestyle survey if they don’t wish to. We want to reassure anyone who gets a knock at the door that the survey is genuine and nothing to be concerned about.
“Please make sure you ask anyone who approaches you to show their ID – if you have any concerns a visitor is not genuine, please contact us on 01482 300 300.
“The information gathered will help give us an accurate picture of how people in Hull are looking after their health, so that we’re better able to provide the right kinds of help and support.
“We’d encourage anyone with elderly or vulnerable family, friends or neighbours to make them aware that they could receive a call too. We don’t want anyone to worry unnecessarily”.
Visits will be ongoing until the end of May, unless the required number of respondents is reached before then. All answers provided are confidential.