HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - It will be the largest study of its kind in the nation's history, and Douglas County was just chosen to participate.
The National Institutes of Health National Children's Study will follow 100,000 children from before birth to age 21, and study the impact of their environment on their health and development.
The University of Colorado School of Public Health will conduct the study here in Douglas County.
Researchers hope to enroll 1,000 babies and are currently looking for women between the ages of 18 and 49 who are pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant. Participants will provide things like soil samples, and water samples, but researchers will also look at the child's social environment.
The goal is to better understand the cause of childhood diseases.