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Do as I say, not as I do is a common American mantra. That also applies to taking better care of our health. A poll from Erickson Health found that 82 percent of Americans are not taking simple, affordable steps to a healthier life — even though they know it’s the right thing to do.

“This is a classic case of knowing the right thing to do for one’s health and simply not practicing preventive care,” says Matt Narrett, chief medical officer of Erickson Health.

The poll’s other findings include the following:

  • Nearly two-thirds of voters would like to hear more talk about preventive and coordinated care from the presidential candidates, regardless of party.
  • Only 14 percent of voters choose regular physicals and screenings as their most important preventive measures.
  • Overall, a majority of voters rely on their families for preventive care information. Voters age 65 and older, however, tend to rely on medical professionals and health insurance companies.
  • In overwhelming numbers, voters approve of lower health-insurance premiums for those who take preventative steps.

To see more of the poll’s results, visit