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2006 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 3,367 648 19.9 18.0-21.9 1,978 56.7 54.4-59.0 133 5.1 4.0- 6.4 608 18.3 16.6-20.1
-Eastern NC 1,098 222 22.4 19.1-26.2 610 53.5 49.4-57.6 41 4.0 2.7- 6.0 225 20.0 17.0-23.4
GENDER
Male 311 72 25.6 19.5-32.8 136 47.3 39.9-54.9 15 3.6 2.1- 6.4 88 23.4 18.0-29.9
Female 787 150 20.2 16.7-24.3 474 57.9 53.3-62.3 26 4.3 2.5- 7.2 137 17.6 14.4-21.4
RACE
White 673 114 18.7 15.0-23.0 411 59.2 54.0-64.2 22 3.2 1.9- 5.4 126 18.9 15.1-23.3
African American 277 67 21.5 16.4-27.8 122 44.4 37.3-51.7 13 4.8 2.6- 8.8 75 29.2 22.6-36.9
Other Minorities 147 41 39.4 27.9-52.1 77 42.8 32.3-53.9 6 6.3 2.2-16.6 23 11.6 6.9-18.7
HISPANIC
Hispanic 98 27 40.6 27.0-55.9 53 41.7 29.4-55.1 5 7.8 2.6-20.9 13 9.9 5.1-18.5
Non-Hispanic 1,000 195 20.0 16.9-23.4 557 55.1 50.9-59.2 36 3.5 2.4- 5.2 212 21.4 18.1-25.1
AGE
18-24 145 32 25.5 17.2-36.0 72 48.0 37.6-58.6 7 4.5 1.8-10.8 34 22.0 14.7-31.5
25-34 386 69 19.0 14.7-24.2 239 60.9 54.9-66.6 14 4.1 2.3- 7.3 64 16.0 12.1-20.9
35-44 548 117 23.3 19.2-27.9 294 51.9 46.9-56.8 17 3.1 1.7- 5.3 120 21.8 18.1-26.1
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 85 30 36.8 24.4-51.1 25 27.8 17.1-41.8 4 3.3 1.0-10.6 26 32.1 20.7-46.3
H.S. or G.E.D. 310 72 25.9 19.1-34.0 138 45.5 37.8-53.5 14 4.1 2.1- 7.9 86 24.5 19.0-30.9
Some Post-H.S. 334 75 23.7 18.2-30.2 189 54.6 47.3-61.8 13 3.7 2.0- 6.8 57 17.9 12.4-25.2
College Graduate 368 45 12.1 8.8-16.5 258 70.9 64.7-76.5 10 4.5 2.0-10.1 55 12.4 9.1-16.7
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 95 27 28.0 18.2-40.4 40 38.2 26.9-51.1 3 2.3 0.7- 7.3 25 31.4 20.6-44.8
$15,000- 24,999 169 47 29.6 19.9-41.5 73 46.5 35.4-57.9 6 1.8 0.7- 4.6 43 22.1 13.9-33.3
$25,000- 34,999 141 39 31.3 22.4-42.0 73 46.3 36.2-56.7 5 2.1 0.7- 6.0 24 20.3 12.1-32.0
$35,000- 49,999 195 30 18.8 12.0-28.2 117 55.9 46.7-64.7 5 2.9 0.8- 9.7 43 22.4 16.0-30.3
$50,000-74,999 190 27 15.8 10.5-23.0 123 61.7 52.7-69.9 4 3.4 1.2- 9.0 36 19.1 12.9-27.4
$75,000+ 187 30 17.0 11.4-24.4 121 65.2 55.9-73.4 7 4.0 1.8- 8.5 29 13.9 9.0-20.8
DISABILITY STATUS
Yes 231 48 22.6 16.3-30.5 105 45.7 37.1-54.6 14 4.5 2.4- 8.1 64 27.2 20.6-35.0
No 843 171 22.6 18.7-27.0 492 55.5 50.7-60.1 26 4.0 2.5- 6.4 154 18.0 14.6-21.9
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 148 34 25.6 18.0-35.1 68 44.8 35.2-54.9 8 4.8 2.2- 9.9 38 24.8 17.2-34.3
Non-Veteran 949 188 21.9 18.2-26.0 541 55.1 50.5-59.5 33 3.9 2.5- 6.1 187 19.2 16.0-22.9

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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.

** 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.

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

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