ADA, Mich., Sept. 15 While 93 percent of Americans reportattempting to make everyday choices to be healthy and live well, more thanhalf (53 percent) of New Jersey 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. New Jerseyresidents report that the two main barriers preventing them from living ahealthier lifestyle include lack of time (46 percent) and costs associatedwith eating a balanced diet (22 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 NewJersey.
New Jersey Wellness Challenges:
Forty-three percent of New Jersey survey respondents report having a"very" or "somewhat" high stress level, compared to the national average(40 percent), according to the Amway Global Wellness Index. Fort-five percentof New Jersey residents find that talking to family and friends is a highlyeffective way of coping with their stress. Increasing physical activity(38 percent) and sleep (36 percent) also top the list, while 19 percent turnto food for comfort and 18 percent practice yoga. Only 11 percent of residentsdecrease the time they spend using technology gadgets to reduce stress.
The survey shows that 24 percent of New Jersey residents, versus23 percent 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, 85 percent ofNew Jersey residents drive or use public transportation. However, when they doexercise, the focus is on general wellness (32 percent), cardiovascularendurance (25 percent) and weight loss (21 percent).
While 39 percent of New Jersey residents report that not getting enoughexercise is one of the biggest wellness challenges, 37 percent also reportgetting enough sleep as a major challenge. Only seven percent of New Jerseyrespondents judge their current state of wellness by the amount of sleep theyget.
Forty-three percent of New Jersey residents consider themselves obese oroverweight, yet only 25 percent gauge their state of wellness by their currentweight.
The Economy, Election and Wellness
Forty-two percent of New Jersey residents report that the economy ishaving a negative impact on their wellness choices. For the nation, currenteconomic conditions also are negatively affecting the wellness of 51 percentof non-working parents, versus 43 percent of working parents. And, when itcomes to the battle of the sexes, the health of women is affected more by theeconomy (44 percent) than men (40 percent). Overall, 31 percent of New Jerseyresidents and 33 percent of Americans claim that the candidates' positions onpersonal wellness will influence how they vote this election.
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 stu