The 21 communities are located in 14 states (Alabama, California, Georgia,
Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington). The survey included two
AI groups, 14 black groups, seven Hispanic groups, and four Asian groups;
five communities had multiple ethnic groups. For this report, data for persons
of the same race/ethnicity from different communities were aggregated. The
presence of a risk factor or chronic condition was based on self-reported
data. Obesity was defined as body mass index of ≥30.0 kg/m2,
calculated from self-reported height and weight. Cardiovascular disease was
defined as having any of the following conditions: heart attack, coronary
heart disease, or stroke. High blood cholesterol was defined as ever being
told by a doctor or other health professional that blood cholesterol was high.
Women who had diabetes diagnosed only during pregnancy were not considered
to have diabetes. Data were weighted to represent the communities surveyed,
and SUDAAN was used to account for the complex survey sampling designs.