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Most medical patients in the United States say their doctors do bring up the topic of healthy lifestyle choices — specifically diet, exercise and non-smoking — during office visits.

According to a Gallup poll, doctors talk about the benefits of regular physical exercise with nearly three out of four of their patients, or 71 percent. Two-thirds of patients receive some guidance on eating a healthy diet. Half of all patients are warned about the dangers of smoking tobacco, including close to four of five of those who smoke already.

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