Taking Responsibility for Own Health Often Not
FRIDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Most people want to take
responsibility for their health but many fail to follow through
with healthy lifestyle habits, finds a new survey.
The statewide poll of Pennsylvania adults aged 21 and older
found that 93.3 percent of respondents believe they are more
responsible for their personal health than their doctor, 4.3
percent said their doctor was more responsible and 2.3 percent
The survey also found that 32.5 percent of respondents said they
do not engage in planned exercise on a weekly basis, 48.7 percent
exercise three or more times weekly, 43.4 percent get two or more
hours of exercise a week, and 39.1 percent exercise less than an
hour a week.
Only one-quarter of respondents said they avoid high-salt foods
and less than one-third pay attention to the amount of salt in
foods they consume, according to the survey by the Institute for
Good Medicine at the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).
In addition, only one in five participants said their employer
offers a wellness program, and only about 5 percent said their
employer offers healthy snack options in vending machines, the
"I'm glad to see that Pennsylvanians believe they are more responsible for their own health. That's a good start, but you can see how it can be a struggle as there are many hurdles to clear if they want to achieve better health," PAMED president Dr. Ralph Schmeltz said in a society news release.
The American Academy of Family Physicians outlines what
you can do to maintain your health.
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