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Nutrition and Exercise Smarts Increasing

A nationwide survey of nearly 800 mean and women conducted by the American Dietetic Association revealed that americans are getting smarter about nutrition and exercise.

When asked about maintaining a healthful diet and engaging in regular exercise, 43% said, "I'm already doing it." In 2002, that number was 38%. And just 19% of men and women put themselves in the "don't bother me" category -- not believing that diet and exercise are important. That's down from 32% in 2002.

In 2008, 40% said they were actively seeking more information on nutrition, up from 19% in 2000.

People also are making different choices. In the last five years, 56% of people surveyed increased their consumption of whole-grain foods; 50%, vegetables; 48%, fruits; and 42%, chicken. And 41% decreased their intake of beef; 23%, dairy; and 33%, pork.

This article, although not containing as much information as I would have liked about the survey results, it gives a glimpse of what american know about nutrition and exercise and what they are doing about it. However, I looked up the results from ADA which has a lot more information. The report and a summary can be accessed at the following web-site: http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/media_18828_ENU_HTML.htm

Source: http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-capsule10-2008nov10,0,7618381.story


Awesome! I actually am pitching a similar idea for a story tomorrow! With all of our science knowledge and opportunity, why we do what we do is mysterious...

Like the old saying goes, knowing is half the battle. It's great to know that more and more people are becoming more savvy about weight loss, and are actually doing something about it. The information is out there.