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For young adults, beliefs about health clash with risky behavior

Nine out of 10 Americans between ages 18-24 believe they’re living healthy lifestyles – yet engage in behaviors that could put them at risk of stroke. Nine out of 10 Americans between ages 18-24 believe they’re living healthy lifestyles – yet most eat too much fast food, drink too many alcoholic and sugar-sweetened beverages and engage in other behaviors that could put them at risk of stroke, according to a new American Stroke Association survey.

The survey quizzed 1,248 Americans ages 18-44 on their attitudes about health, including influences of and beliefs about health behaviors and their risks for stroke.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in America. May is American Stroke Month.

Eight in 10 people between ages 25-44 years old believe they’re living healthy lifestyles and are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors than 18-24 year olds participating in the survey.

“The investment you make in your health now will have a large payoff as you age,” said Dr. Ralph Sacco, president of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

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