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Survey Shows Iowa Residents Are Less Stressed Than National Average

Monday, September 15, 2008 General News J E 4
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ADA, Mich., Sept. 15 While 93 percent of Americans reportattempting to make everyday choices to be healthy and live well, 47 percent ofIowa residents say they struggle to do so, according to the Amway GlobalWellness Index, a recent national survey of more than 15,000 Americansregarding their health and wellness. Iowa residents report that the two mainbarriers preventing them from living a healthier lifestyle include lack oftime (34 percent) and personal health issues (17 percent).

Free YMCA Wellness Events

In support of individuals and families struggling to make healthierchoices, Amway Global and the YMCA are hosting free wellness events open tothe public at select YMCAs on Sept. 20, 2008, as part of America On the MoveWeek. As a first step, health seekers can go to http://www.inspirewellness.comand take the Stanford Health and Lifestyle Assessment. Then, they can bringtheir summary reports to a local YMCA to talk with a health and wellness staffmember about steps they can take toward a healthier life. Go tohttp://www.inspirewellness.com for a list of participating YMCAs in Iowa.

Iowa Wellness Challenges:

Exercise

The survey shows that 21 percent of Iowa residents, versus 23 percentnationally, are not exercising for at least 30 minutes or more at a time on aregular basis. While better than the national average, that's well under theCenters for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation of a minimum of 30 minutes ofmoderate-intensity physical activity per day or a minimum of 20 minutes ofvigorous-intensity physical activity three days a week. When it comes to thework commute, 85 percent of Iowa residents drive or use public transportation.However, when they do exercise, the focus is on general wellness (36 percent),cardiovascular endurance (25 percent) and weight loss (21 percent).

Stress

Thirty-three percent of Iowans report having a "very" or "somewhat" highstress level, according to the Amway Global Wellness Index, which is muchlower than the national average (40 percent). Half of Iowa residents find thattalking to family and friends is a highly effective way of coping with theirstress. Increasing physical activity (38 percent) and sleep (30 percent) alsotop the list, while 19 percent turn to food for comfort and 11 percentpractice yoga. Only 5 percent of residents decrease the time they spend usingtechnology gadgets to reduce stress.

Sleep

Iowa residents report that not getting enough exercise (33 percent) andnot getting enough sleep (33 percent) are the biggest wellness challenges.Only 11 percent of Iowans judge their current state of wellness by the amountof sleep they get.

Weight

Half (50 percent) of Iowa residents consider themselves obese oroverweight, yet only 26 percent of Iowa respondents gauge their state ofwellness by their current weight.

The Election, Economy and Wellness

Twenty-seven percent of Iowans and 33 percent of Americans claim that thecandidates' positions on personal wellness will influence how they vote thiselection. Additionally, 38 percent of Iowans, versus 42 percent of Americans,report that the economy is having a negative impact on their wellness choices.For the nation, current economic conditions also are negatively affecting thewellness of 51 percent of non-working parents, versus 43 percent of workingparents. And, when it comes to the battle of the sexes, the health of women isaffected more by the economy (44 percent) than men (40 percent).

About the Amway Global Wellness Index

The Amway Global Wellness Index is a national survey of 15,035 Americanadults ages 18 and older to uncover American views toward the concept ofwellness and individual, family and community wellness. Commissioned by AmwayGlobal, the study has an estimated margin of error of +/-0.8 percentage pointsat the 95 percent confidence level. F
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