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More People In U.S. Exercising, But Obesity Rates Unchanged

More people are reported to be engaging in physical activity, but obesity and smoking rates are unchanged.

There's a mixed bag of news on the health of Americans in new data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. More people are reported to be engaging in physical activity, but obesity and smoking rates are unchanged.

In a breakdown of the latest survey, the number of people exercising regularly rose by nearly 3% in 2009 from the year prior. The CDC recommends about an hour daily of moderate exercise to avoid weight gain and prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Meantime, obesity rates are unchanged at 28% last year from 2008. The number of obese adults in the U.S. age 20 and over rose by nearly 8% between 1997 and 2009. Last year, the percentage of adults 18 and over with diabetes increased by almost 1% last year from 2008.

The CDC report has determined the percentage of Americans who smoke remains at over 20.5%, virtually the same as two years ago.

There was also a slight increase last year in Americans who say they have been tested for the AIDS virus over 2008 figures. The CDC advises every adult American undergo an HIV test.

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