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Survey Shows Mississippi 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, more thanhalf (55 percent) of Mississippi residents say they struggle to do so,according to the Amway Global Wellness Index, a recent national survey of morethan 15,000 Americans regarding their health and wellness. Mississippiresidents report that the two main barriers preventing them from living ahealthier lifestyle include lack of time (30 percent) and the costs associatedwith eating a balanced diet (17 percent).

Mississippi Wellness Challenges:

Stress

Thirty-one percent of Mississippians report having a "very" or "somewhat"high stress level, according to the Amway Global Wellness Index. Forty-twopercent of Mississippi residents find that talking to family and friends is ahighly effective way of coping with their stress. Increasing physical activity(31 percent) and sleep (24 percent) also top the list, while 15 percent turnto food for comfort and 15 percent practice yoga. Only 6 percent of residentsdecrease the time they spend using technology gadgets to reduce stress.

Exercise

The survey shows that 22 percent of Mississippi residents, versus 23percent nationally, are not exercising for at least 30 minutes or more at atime on a regular basis. That's well under the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) recommendation of a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physicalactivity per day or a minimum of 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity physicalactivity three days a week. When it comes to the work commute, 90 percent ofMississippi residents drive or use public transportation. However, when theydo exercise, the focus is on general wellness (33 percent), cardiovascularendurance (20 percent) and weight loss (20 percent).

Sleep

While 41 percent of Mississippi residents report that not getting enoughexercise is one of the biggest wellness challenges, 32 percent also reportgetting enough sleep as a major challenge. Only 11 percent of Mississippiansjudge their current state of wellness by the amount of sleep they get.

Weight

Forty-six percent of Mississippi residents consider themselves obese oroverweight, yet only 24 percent of Mississippi respondents gauge their stateof wellness by their current weight.

The Election, Economy and Wellness

Thirty-seven percent of Mississippians and 33 percent of Americans claimthat the candidates' positions on personal wellness will influence how theyvote this election. Additionally, 42 percent of Americans, versus 38 percentof Mississippians, report that the economy is having a negative impact ontheir wellness choices. For the nation, current economic conditions also arenegatively affecting the wellness of 51 percent of non-working parents versus43 percent of working parents. And, when it comes to the battle of the sexes,the health of women is affected 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. For more information and state-specificstatistics, go to http://www.inspirewellness.com.

About Amway Global

Amway Global offers the opportunity for people to have a business of theirown based on retailing products and sharing the opportunity with others whowill do the same. Amway Global supports Independent Business Owners (IBOs)with a proven compensation plan, portfolios of quality products in health,beauty and other consumer categories, plus the merchandising materials,training and education they need to be successful. IB
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