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Gallup poll: adult obesity rates are not dropping

The most recent Gallup-Healthways poll shows that obesity rates among adults has risen so far in 2014.

The current rate stands at 27.7%, compared to 2013's 27.1%. The 2013 numbers were the highest since the poll began in 2008.

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"While it is difficult to identify long-term trends from short-term data, these data suggest, at best, no retreat in the obesity epidemic and, at worst, a deterioration," said Janna Lacatell, Healthways Lifestyle Solutions director. "Given that obesity leads to higher rates of serious health conditions like diabetes and hypertension, and has been shown to cause disease onset at younger ages, this is a significant public health concern."

The only groups to see a decrease in percentage rates were ages 18-29, Blacks, and those living in the South. However, Blacks had the highest rate of any group with 35.5%, while those in the South were also above average (28.7%).

Visit the Gallup website for more on the most recent poll.



Healthy cities see less heart attacks

Metropolitan areas with higher well-being see less adults having heart attacks, according to findings in a recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

The factors considered for the study include life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. 

The top 10 areas with highest well-being index saw only 2.8% of adults reporting having had a heart attack, compared to 5.5% in the lowest well-being areas - almost double.

For more, read the Gallup story.


Poll: Less Americans exercising 

A new Gallup poll shows the number of Americans who are exercising for at least 30 minutes a day three times a week has gone down every month in 2013, compared to the same months in 2012. That is a complete turnaround from 2011 to 2012 when there were increases monthly.

The positives to take out of the poll is that 2012 was a great year with the best numbers in many years. And, all across the country there were record low temperatures and even snow into May, whcih could be a factor for the first four months of 2013.

For more on the Gallup poll, click here.


Game, set, match: tennis is thriving

While everyone has had to tighten their belt at some point the past couple years with the finicky economy, it appears tennis clubs are doing well.

Thanks to offering many options the clubs we talked to said they never saw a dip in attendance or court reservations.

It appears social get-togethers, like coffee and tennis or even tennis and margaritas, have kept players coming back.

For the story, and a poll, click here.