Poll: Insured tend to be healthier

Posted on: Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A new survey indicates that those who have health insurance coverage tend to exhibit behaviors that leads to healthier lives.

The poll, conducted by Gallup, questioned 200,000 individuals about whether they had health insurance and also asked the participants about whether they smoked, how often they exercised for at least 30 minutes and on how many occasions they consumed five or more servings of fruits and vegetables in the past week.

The survey found that those who were insured were more likely to exhibit behaviors that led to a strong physical well-being, such as eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables and getting regular amounts of physical activity.

"These findings show that a relationship between health insurance coverage and good health habits exists, especially in terms of smoking," according to Gallup. "Insured Americans' better health habits may be part of the reason why they rate their overall health more positively than those who are uninsured."

Insurance agents should remind insurance customers that their premiums costs will be lower by taking good care of themselves.

Posted In: Insurance News, Health Insurance

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