Nearly a third of U.S. adults who visited a physician or other health professional in 2010 were advised to continue or begin exercising, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report found that 32.4 percent of adults received the exercise recommendations in 2010, up from 22.6 percent in 2000 and 29.4 percent in 2005. The chance of receiving an exercise recommendation increased with age from 16.1 percent for patients aged 18-24 to a peak of 41.9 percent for adults aged 65-74, before declining.


Among the report's other findings:

  • Patients with chronic conditions were more likely to receive exercise advice. All told, 56.3 percent of diabetics, 35.8 percent of cancer patients, 41.2 percent of patients with cardiovascular disease and 44.2 percent of patients with hypertension were told to exercise.
  • Nearly 47 percent of obese patients received exercise advice, compared with 22.6 percent of adults with healthy weights.
  • Among adults over 85, the percentage of adults receiving exercise advice grew from 15.3 percent in 2000 to 28.9 percent in 2010.

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