Survey: Most of Latvia's residents claim healthy lifestyles

Research center SKDS said July 21 that 65% of surveyed Latvian residents regard their lifestyles as healthy, but at the same time only 35% engage in enough physical activities. 

As a result, some residents see themselves as healthier than they actually are, said SKDS Director Arnis Kaktiņš.

“Those who claimed that they carried out physical activity regularly had less frequently indicated that they had any ailments. (..) There's an unmistakable correlation: Those who say they move more, are less likely to indicate different health problems. Dear people, move more,” said Kaktiņš.

This survey, Mana Aptieka & Apotheka Veselības indekss, was conducted for the fifth year. It shows that healthy lifestyle habits are changing slowly.

At the same time, it can be seen that there is an improvement in the population's willingness to use all medicines prescribed by doctors. It stood at 41% five years ago, but now at 45-47%.

There are also negative trends. Resident numbers who never exceeded allowed alcohol norms were at 46-48% five years ago, but now 42-43%.

The director of the SKDS stressed the importance of people thinking about their health: “The push for me as an individual to get moving is the feeling that I'm not really fine. If I'm sure my lifestyle is healthy, then - how will the medics force me to change and do something?”

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