|Americans Eating Healthier and Exercising More, According to the February 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index(R)|
WASHINGTON & NASHVILLE, Tenn., Mar 21, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --New Year's resolutions are off to a great start as Americans are sticking to their healthier diets, according to February Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index(R) (WBI) data. The percentage of Americans who stated they ate at least five servings of fruits and vegetables at least four days in the last week was 57.4 percent, an increase of 3.3 percentage points since December. This improvement, along with an increase in the percentage of Americans who exercised frequently, helped push up the nation's Healthy Behavior Index score, which climbed to 63.9 in February, up 2.9 points since December.
It is important to note though, that Americans' eating and exercise behaviors follow a typical seasonal trend, with these habits worsening in fall and winter and improving in the spring and summer.
The Physical Health Index, which measures America's physical health, declined slightly to 76.5 in February, from 77.1 in January. A decline in the percentage of Americans reporting that they felt well-rested in February and increase in the percentage who had a cold or the flu caused the overall index to inch down. However, obesity dropped to 25.6 percent, tied for the lowest monthly level Gallup and Healthways have found since October 2008.
Notwithstanding, the WBI composite score was essentially unchanged at 66.4 after reaching a seven-month high in January. Slight declines in the Emotional Health and Physical Health indices offset improvements in Healthy Behaviors.
Other key findings:
To download the full February report, click here.
For more on the science and methodology behind the WBI, please visit http://www.well-beingindex.com.
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