The National Health Interview Survey, based on interviews with 79,000 adults over three years has just released their findings on Americans’ exercise habits. As could be predicted, 40 percent of people do no “leisure-time physical activity,” about the same amount as when the National Health Interview Survey was instigated. Go figure. However, people are smoking less, even if they’re still drinking a lot.
Also predictable: The survey found that adults who had higher levels of education were less likely to be smoking, were more active in their leisure time, were less likely to be obese and were less likely to sleep as little as six hours or less in the past 24 hours.
I’d love to be a fly on the wall in meetings about designing campaigns to motivate Americans to assume healthier habits. It seems like some things have worked so far, and some things haven’t—that’s to be expected—but I have to wonder if we’re missing something really key that could have a big impact.
And on that note, I’m off to a few nights of yoga, wine-drinking, and catching up with my mom, sister, and aunts. This is technically my spring break, so I’m lucky to be able to take a couple days off!