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Married Utahns Take Fewer Sick Days

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- According to a new report by the Utah Department of Health married Utahns call in sick less than their separated, divorced or widowed counterparts.

Thirteen percent of married people reported seven or more days of poor health out of the past 30. That number more than doubled to 27 percent for people who are separated, the report showed.

The rate dropped to 22 percent for those who were divorced and widowed Utahns reported a 19 percent rate.

Unmarried couples have a rate of 15 percent.

Experts attribute stress and the loss of physical and emotional support to the increased rates of illness.

Couples tend to make more money together rather than separate, which can contribute to better health.

Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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