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Health nuts? 

A look at the numbers

Charlotte isn't the healthiest place on earth. But if these 2005 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are any indicator, we don't quite deserve the biscuits-and-gravy, clogged-artery reputation so frequently associated with the American South.

81.7 percent of adults in the Charlotte region have health insurance.

U.S. Median: 85.9

23.2 percent of adults in Charlotte region reported no leisure-time physical activity in past month.

U.S. Median: Same

23.9 percent of Charlotte-area adults exercised vigorously for at least 20 minutes three times a week.

U.S. Median: 28.0

21.3 percent of Charlotte-area adults smoked 100-plus cigarettes and currently smoke.

U.S. Median: 20.6

12.2 percent of Charlotte-area adults reported binge drinking (having five or more drinks at least once in the past month).

U.S. Median: 14.1

59.8 percent of Charlotte-area adults are overweight.

U.S. Median: 61.5

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