By Julian Pecquet - 12/30/11 06:23 PM EST
Americans who have health insurance have healthier habits than those who don't, according to a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released Friday.
Interviews with 200,000 Americans revealed that people with insurance exercised more often, ate better and were less likely to smoke than the uninsured. The smoking variation was especially striking — 36 percent of uninsured people reported smoking, versus 20 percent of people who have insurance — but part of the reason could be that smokers are priced out of the market.
"These findings show that a relationship between health insurance coverage and good health habits exists, especially in terms of smoking," Gallup concludes. "Insured Americans' better health habits may be part of the reason why they rate their overall health more positively than those who are uninsured."