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2004 BRFSS Survey Results: Eastern North Carolina**

Folic Acid

Some health experts recommend that women take 400 micrograms of the B vitamin folic acid, for which of the following reasons....*

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Respond.^
Make strong bones Prevent birth defects Prevent high bp Other
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 4,043 667 17.1 15.7-18.7 2,597 61.9 59.9-63.8 143 3.9 3.2- 4.8 636 17.1 15.6-18.6
-Eastern NC 1,307 239 18.1 15.7-20.8 783 57.6 54.3-60.8 49 4.0 2.9- 5.5 236 20.3 17.6-23.1
GENDER
Male 403 82 20.2 15.9-25.4 200 48.3 42.7-53.9 26 6.2 4.0- 9.3 95 25.3 20.5-30.8
Female 904 157 16.7 14.1-19.7 583 63.9 60.1-67.5 23 2.6 1.6- 4.1 141 16.8 14.1-20.0
RACE
White 842 126 15.3 12.7-18.4 557 63.8 59.9-67.6 30 3.4 2.3- 5.1 129 17.4 14.4-20.9
African American 311 79 22.7 17.9-28.3 142 45.8 39.4-52.4 15 6.1 3.5-10.2 75 25.4 20.1-31.6
Other Minorities 6 1 11.1 1.2-55.4 5 88.9 44.6-98.8 0 0.0 . - . 0 0.0 . - .
AGE
18-24 194 30 14.7 9.9-21.3 118 56.3 47.9-64.4 13 7.0 3.7-12.9 33 21.9 15.4-30.2
25-34 562 103 19.6 15.7-24.1 351 59.6 54.5-64.4 17 3.5 2.1- 5.8 91 17.3 13.7-21.7
35-44 540 105 18.1 14.7-22.1 308 56.0 50.9-60.9 19 3.4 2.0- 5.5 108 22.6 18.5-27.2
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 112 23 21.1 12.6-33.1 51 44.2 33.6-55.3 5 3.3 1.3- 8.0 33 31.5 21.9-43.0
H.S. or G.E.D. 356 87 22.4 17.8-27.8 167 45.8 39.7-51.9 17 5.5 3.3- 9.2 85 26.3 21.1-32.4
Some Post-H.S. 412 81 18.8 14.9-23.5 246 59.6 54.0-64.9 17 3.8 2.3- 6.4 68 17.8 13.8-22.7
College Graduate 424 48 12.1 8.9-16.3 317 72.6 67.2-77.4 10 3.0 1.5- 6.0 49 12.2 8.9-16.6
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 126 35 34.1 23.5-46.5 55 42.8 32.2-54.1 9 6.3 2.8-13.6 27 16.8 10.9-25.0
$15,000- 24,999 231 58 21.9 16.4-28.6 119 47.0 39.3-54.8 7 3.9 1.6- 9.4 47 27.2 20.1-35.6
$25,000- 34,999 179 33 16.1 11.2-22.7 111 61.3 52.8-69.1 6 3.1 1.3- 7.0 29 19.5 13.4-27.7
$35,000- 49,999 195 26 11.9 7.7-17.9 125 65.2 57.0-72.5 7 3.6 1.6- 8.0 37 19.3 13.6-26.7
$50,000-74,999 188 25 15.1 10.0-22.1 129 63.1 54.5-71.0 6 3.8 1.7- 8.3 28 18.0 11.9-26.3
$75,000+ 176 23 13.8 9.0-20.7 125 67.1 58.5-74.6 3 1.9 0.6- 6.1 25 17.2 11.4-25.2
DISABILITY STATUS
Yes 272 63 23.5 18.0-30.0 130 47.8 40.9-54.7 15 4.6 2.7- 7.7 64 24.2 18.6-30.7
No 1,012 173 16.7 14.1-19.7 640 60.5 56.7-64.1 33 3.9 2.6- 5.6 166 19.0 16.1-22.3
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 98 16 14.8 8.6-24.3 61 59.9 48.2-70.6 4 3.8 1.3-10.6 17 21.5 13.0-33.6
Non-Veteran 1,133 212 18.6 16.0-21.5 679 57.8 54.3-61.3 41 4.0 2.9- 5.6 201 19.6 16.8-22.6
Currently Serving 76 11 16.1 8.2-29.3 43 51.5 38.2-64.5 4 4.3 1.5-11.7 18 28.1 17.2-42.4

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* This question was asked only of respondents who reported being between ages 18 and 44.

^Use caution in interpreting percentages with a numerator of less than 20. N = numerator, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

** Northeast NC I: Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, and Warren counties.
Northeast NC II: Beaufort, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
Northeastern Partnership: Northeast NC I and II regions combined.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC): Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.

*** Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Piedmont North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.
Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.

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