The percentage of adults aged 20–64 years who had a blood cholesterol check by a health professional in the past 12 months increased from 56.0% in 2011 to 61.7% in 2016. From 2011 to 2016, there was an increase in the percentage of adults with a blood cholesterol check among Hispanic (49.0% to 56.7%), non-Hispanic white (56.8% to 62.5%), non-Hispanic black (60.8% to 65.6%), and non-Hispanic Asian (55.8% to 63.0%) persons. In both years, non-Hispanic black adults were more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have had a blood cholesterol check, and Hispanic adults were the least likely to have had a blood cholesterol check.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2011 and 2016 data.

Reported by: Michael E. Martinez, MPH, MHSA,, 301-458-4758; Emily P. Zammitti, MPH; Maria A. Villarroel, PhD.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 20–64 Years Whose Blood Cholesterol Was Checked by a Health Professional in the Past 12 Months, by Race/Ethnicity — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2011 and 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:1263. DOI:

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