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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 12, 2016

Failing to Adopt 5 Healthy Habits

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JAMA. 2016;316(2):141. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.8434

The first demographic analysis of US adults’ health habits in more than 30 years shows little change over the past 3 decades: women, older adults, college graduates, and Asian individuals continue to be the most likely groups to follow 5 key health-related behaviors.

An earlier study of nearly 7000 adults in California showed that those 5 behaviors—not smoking, getting adequate exercise, abstaining from alcohol or drinking only moderate amounts, maintaining a normal body mass index, and sleeping 7 or more hours per day—were linked with lower death rates from all causes (Wingard DL et al. Am J Epidemiol. 1982;116[5]:765-775).