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Survey Shows New York State Residents Consider Good Nutrition Most Critical to Overall Wellness Compared to 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, 43 percent ofNew York state residents say they struggle to do so, according to the AmwayGlobal Wellness Index, a recent national survey of more than 15,000 Americansregarding their health and wellness. Sixty-four percent of New Yorkers (NewYork state) believe good nutrition is the most critical aspect in maintaininga healthy lifestyle, compared to 59 percent of Americans. Lack of time(39 percent) and costs associated with eating a balanced diet (23 percent) arethe two main barriers that are preventing them from living a healthierlifestyle.

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 New York.

New York Wellness Challenges:

Exercise

The survey shows that 23 percent of New York residents are not exercisingfor at least 30 minutes or more at a time on a regular basis. That's wellunder the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation of a minimum of30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per day or a minimum of20 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity three days a week. When itcomes to the work commute, 94 percent of New York residents drive or usepublic transportation. However, when they do exercise, the focus is on generalwellness (36 percent), cardiovascular endurance (24 percent) and weight loss(17 percent).

The Economy, Election and Wellness

Forty-three percent of New Yorkers, versus 42 percent of Americans, reportthat the economy is having a negative impact on their wellness choices. Forthe 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). Overall,33 percent of both New Yorkers and 33 percent of Americans claim that thecandidates' positions on personal wellness will influence how they vote thiselection.

Stress

Forty-one percent of New Yorkers report having a "very" or "somewhat" highstress level, according to the Amway Global Wellness Index. Forty-nine percentof New York residents find that talking to family and friends is a highlyeffective way of coping with their stress. Increasing physical activity(40 percent) and sleep (34 percent) also top the list, while 20 percent shopand 17 percent turn to food for comfort. Only nine percent of residentsdecrease the time they spend using technology gadgets to reduce stress.

Sleep

While 39 percent of New York residents report that not getting enoughexercise is one of the biggest wellness challenges, 34 percent also reportgetting enough sleep as a major challenge. Only 12 percent of New Yorkersjudge their current state of wellness by the amount of sleep they get.

Weight

Forty-four percent of New York residents consider themselves obese oroverweight, yet only 22 percent gauge their state of wellness by their currentweight.

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 b
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