Edelman released its 2011 Health Barometer this week, with results showing the impact that one’s personal network of friends and family can have on healthy behaviors.

According to the findings, 31 percent of respondents will distance themselves from unhealthy people, and 43 percent think that those close to them have the most impact on their health-related lifestyle.

“Health – good and bad — is communicable, and it is the responsibility of every citizen, especially those of us with leadership roles in any sector or industry, to act on this,” said Nancy Turett, global president of Edelman’s health group, in a statement.

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