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Fruit/Vegetable Intake and Physical Activity Among Adults With High Cholesterol

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Objectives: To determine whether hypercholesterolemic adults followed healthy eating and appropriate physical activity. Methods: Using the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, we measured ≥5 servings of fruits and vegetables/day and Healthy People 2010 recommended physical activity. Results: Of 363,667 adults ≥18 years, 37.3% had hypercholesterolemia. The percentages of healthy eating and physical activity were lower among those with hypercholesterolemia than among those without (23.8% vs 27.9% for healthy eating [P< 0.001], 43.1% vs 51.7% for physical activity [P<0.001]). Conclusion: Hypercholesterolemic adults are less likely to practice healthy eating and to engage in physical activity than are those without hypercholesterolemia.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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