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Advised to increase exercise, past 12 months

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For sample adults, MDEXUPADV reports whether, during the past 12 months, their doctor or other health professional told the them to increase physical activity or exercise.

Prior to 2020, MDEXUPADV 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. Beginning in 2020, MDEXUPADV is collected in the Diabetes Prevention section. See ACTNOWINC for all variables collected in the section.


While the basic meaning of this variable is completely comparable over time, major questionnaire changes introduced in 2019 may affect comparability with earlier years. The NHIS questionnaire was substantially redesigned in 2019 to introduce a different data collection structure and new content. For more information on changes in terminology, universes, and data collection methods beginning in 2019, please see the user note.


  • 2006: Sample adults age 18+.
  • 2020 2022: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2006, 2020, 2022