By Todd Epp
Northern Plains News
Despite living in a state where producing things to eat is the biggest industry and ancestors had strenuous lives, South Dakotans are at or below the national averages when it comes to eating produce and exercising.
The results are from a recent Gallup survey of Americans and their eating and exercise habits.
Nationally, according to Gallup, 51.6 percent of Americans exercise regularly, with South Dakotans eking out a 0.2 percent increase — 51.8 percent — over that average.
As to eating produce, South Dakotans are under the national average of 57.7 percent of Americans eating produce regularly at 55.8 percent.
North Dakota didn’t fare much better with its eating, coming in at 55.9 percent consuming produce regularly. However, the state was above the national exercising rate at 56 percent, even cracking the top 10.
Vermonters were most likely to eat produce frequently at 67.8 percent, while Oklahomans were only hitting the produce section or farmers markets at a rate of 52.3 percent.
As to exercise, Vermonters again led the way with 65.3 percent of them exercising regularly. Delaware residents were busy couch surfing at 46.5 percent, the lowest exercise rate in the country.
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