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Doctor recommended exercise, past 12 months

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For sample adults aged 18 and over who saw a doctor or other health professional in the past 12 months, MDEXEREC reports whether, during the past 12 months, the doctor or other health professional recommended the respondent begin or continue to do any type of exercise or physical activity.

MDEXEREC is one of a series of variables dealing with doctor advice. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 2000; 2005; 2010: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen or talked to a doctor about their own health in the past year.


  • 2000, 2005, 2010