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US Health Habits Decline During Winter Months

US Health Habits Decline During Winter Months

As the weather gets colder, Americans report exercising less and eating fewer fruits and vegetables, according to a recent Gallup poll.

The percentage of adults who reported exercising for at least 30 minutes three or more days a week fell between October – 52.2 percent – and November – 49.8 percent – as the weather got chillier.

Fewer Americans were exercising regularly in November 2011 than they did in the same month last year.

The number of Americans reporting that they exercised regularly was at its lowest in the fall of 2008 and much of 2009, during the economic crisis. However the percentage went back up in 2010 and has generally remained high.

Regular exercising habits were at its highest in July at 54.5 percent.

The percentage of Americans eating fruits and vegetables also went down between October and November – with 54.7 percent reporting frequently eating fruits and vegetables in November, compared to 55.2 percent in October.

Fruits and vegetable consumption was at its highest in July.

Poll results are based on a telephone survey of about 29,000 American adults between Nov. 1-30.

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