OBESITY rates in Orange are substantially higher than the state average and Charles Sturt University students want to know why.
But they need you.
Bachelor of clinical science students do not want your money, but they need five minutes of your time.
As part of their degree, students Madeleine Kelly, Nicole Contemplacion, Matthew Madafiglio and Amika Bober are asking Orange shoppers to spare a couple of minutes on Monday and Thursday to fill out a form in Post Office Lane.
The survey includes questions on how much people know about cardiovascular disease.
It is anonymous and could make a difference to the health of regional Australians.
“We don’t know how much people know about cardiovascular disease, particularly those in the at-risk categories,” Ms Kelly said.
The information gained will be used by the students to make recommendations to health authorities on how they should target education programs to reduce the risk of obesity.
The students had no hypothesis, but research suggested no particular demographic was more educated than any other, Ms Kelly said.
The team needs at least 300 respondents to make the research valid.