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America The Unhealthy

Too many Americans still don't exercise enough, still don't get enough sleep and still smoke and drink alcohol. In other words, since the federal government started surveying Americans in the National Health Interview Survey, very little has changed. USA Today reports:

*40% do no regular leisure-time physical activity.

*20% smoke.

*21% are former smokers.

"There has been no progress at all in increasing physical activity since we started doing this report in 1997," says Charlotte Schoenborn, a health statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 40% of respondents were doing nothing then, the same as now, Schoenborn says.

"We are a long way from where the health experts want us to be with smoking - one in five is way above national health goals," Schoenborn says.



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