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6 in 10 Americans Drink Regularly, but only 3 in 10 Get Regular Exercise
By Jennifer Warner
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
March 16, 2010 -- Regular drinkers outnumber regular exercisers, says a new report on health behaviors in the U.S.
The CDC study shows that six in 10 American adults were regular drinkers in 2005-2007, but only about three in 10 regularly exercised.
Overall, researchers say that since 1997, rates of cigarette smoking have declined by several percentage points, rates of obesity have climbed, and rates of alcohol use, exercise, and sleep have remained relatively unchanged.
The results are based on survey data collected from 79,096 interviews with U.S. adults between 2005-2007 and highlight differences between various gender, ethnic, and social groups when it comes to health behaviors.
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