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Health Status and Health-Related Behaviors of U.S. Adults, 1996

How Do North Carolinians Rank?

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Rank*

CHARACTERISTIC

North Carolina, 1996

United States, 1996

Prevalence

Median

Range

GENERAL HEALTH

Self-reported health status is fair or poor

40

16.3

12.9

8.3 - 22.8

SEATBELT USE **

Do not regularly+ use seatbelt when driving or riding in car

4

5.7

17.8

4.5 - 37.8

TOBACCO USE

Current smoker

40

25.7

23.5

15.9 - 31.7

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

No leisure-time physical activity

44

40.7

27.8

17.1 - 51.4

Regular and sustained physical activity

43

13.6

21.0

10.2 - 28.4

Regular and vigorous physical activity

46

9.1

14.1

6.4 - 17.9

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION

Consumed 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day

46

16.5

23.6

13.9 - 34.2

Eat fewer calories and/or less fat combined with increased physical activity++

45

27.8

41.8

25.3 - 50.4

ADULT IMMUNIZATION**

Had influenza vaccination within past 12 months (age 65 and over)

42

52.2

59.2

44.2 - 70.0

Ever had pneumonia vaccination (age 65 and over)

41

30.7

36.8

11.4 - 46.6

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE**

Ever diagnosed with high blood pressure

10

20.5

22.0

18.5 - 29.8

Had blood pressure checked within past 2 years

30

92.8

93.0

90.1 - 95.8

DIABETES

Ever diagnosed with diabetes

24

4.4

4.5

3.0 - 7.3

CHOLESTEROL**

Ever diagnosed with high cholesterol

5

16.3

19.2

15.0 - 24.0

Had cholesterol checked within past 5 years

27

65.1

65.3

55.1 - 72.9

HEALTH INSURANCE

Have no health care coverage

26

12.9

12.9

7.2 - 24.6

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING**

Ever had proctoscopic exam (age 50 and over)

41

33.0

37.1

21.5 - 50.7

Had rectal exam within past year (age 40 and over)

18

42.7

40.1

27.3 - 52.8

OBESITY

Overweight (body mass index greater than/equal to 27.8 for men and 27.3 for women)

31

30.7

29.3

22.3 - 34.7

BREAST & CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING

Had breast exam within past 2 years (women age 50 and over)

8

80.2

75.1

64.3 - 87.1

Had mammogram and breast exam within past 2 years (women age 50 and over)++

14

67.9

63.6

51.8 - 75.5

Had mammogram within past 2 years (women age 50 and over)++

21

72.5

70.4

59.9 - 82.6

Had pap smear within past 3 years (women with no history of hysterectomy)++

7

92.2

90.1

84.0 - 96.5

Source: 1996 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Office of Epidemiology, Division of Health Promotion, DEHNR, 2/98. U.S. data are from 49 states unless otherwise noted.
* Rank of 1 = best, 50 = worst.
** 1995 data.
+ Do not always or nearly always use seatbealt.
++ Based on data from 48 states.