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Your Health 5-22-13 Americans health

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Americans' overall health is not improving much.

A new government report shows about six in 10 people are either overweight or obese and large numbers are engaging in unhealthy behaviors like smoking, heavy drinking or not exercising.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only one in five adults met federal guidelines for both aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening exercise.

One in three was completely inactive when it came to any leisure-time aerobic activity.

A positive note:  About seven in 10 adults meet the federal objective for sufficient sleep.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Many of Americans unhealthy choices have led to soaring rates of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.#

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