The general population is reflected in massage clients, some of whom are in good health—and some, not so much. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows some Americans have a ways to go, in terms of healthy lifestyle choices.
The report presents prevalence estimates for key indicators of alcohol use, cigarette smoking, leisure-time physical activity, body weight status and sleep among U.S. adults, using data from the 2005–2007 National Health Interview Survey.
Among the results of the survey:
• Overall, six in 10 (61.2 percent) U.S. adults were current drinkers in 2005–2007, while about one in four adults (24.6 percent) were lifetime abstainers.
• About one in five adults (20.4 percent) were current smokers, while over one-half of adults (58.5 percent) had never smoked cigarettes. About four in 10 (42.5 percent) current smokers tried to quit smoking in the past year.
• About six in 10 adults engaged in at least some leisure-time physical activity with about three in 10 regularly engaging in such activities.
• About six in 10 adults were overweight or obese (BMI>25), with about four in 10 adults being of healthy weight.
• About six in 10 adults usually slept 7 to 8 hours in a 24-hour period.
“Health Behaviors of Adults: United States, 2005–2007 ” is available at the CDC’s website, http://www.cdc.gov.