Older Americans not eating or exercising well enough

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Two-thirds of Americans 65 and over do not eat the recommended allotment of five fruits or vegetables per day and one-third do not participate in leisure-time activities enough, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Merck Institute of Aging & Health.

This lack of attention to health and nutrition makes the elderly more prone to illness and disability, according to Dr. Terrie Fox Wetle, President of the Gerontological Society of America.

One-fifth of elderly Americans are obese, which comprises 30% of the U.S. adult population as a whole, according to the study.

The study encourages doctors to address these issues with patients and sharpen their communication skills.