Here are figures on Americans engaging in a variety of health-promoting behavior according to the 1988 Prevention Index as compiled by the private magazine Prevention.

The first column is the percentage reporting such behavior in surveys taken for the 1984 index and the second the percentage for the 1988 index.

The behaviors are listed in order of relative importance as dertermined by a panel of 121 health experts consulted by the magazine.

Some of the headings have been shortened in the table. The smoke detector item refers to having such a device in the home; frequent exercise was further defined as strenuous exercise; drink moderately refers to alcohol; blood pressure test means an annual test; and adequate vitamins also means adequate minerals.

BEHAVIOR 1984 1988

Don't Smoke 70 72

Don't Smoke in Bed 88 92

Wear Seat Belt 19 57

Don't Drink and Drive 72 77

Have Smoke Detector 67 82

Socialize Regularly 84 83

Frequent Exercise 34 35

Drink Moderately 88 88

Limit Fat in Diet 55 54

Proper Weight 23 24

Obey Speed Limit 61 55

Blood Pressure Test 82 84

Control Stress 59 68

Consume Fiber 59 60

Limit Cholesterol 42 42

Adequate Vitamins 63 59

Annual Dental Exam 71 75

Limit Sodium 53 54

Limit Sugar 51 49

7-8 Hours Sleep 64 61