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Survey Shows South Carolina Residents Exercise Less, Are More Negatively Impacted by Economy 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, nearly half(49 percent) of South Carolina residents say they struggle to do so, accordingto the Amway Global Wellness Index, a recent national survey of more than15,000 Americans regarding their health and wellness. South Carolina residentsreport that the two main barriers preventing them from living a healthierlifestyle include lack of time (37 percent) and the costs associated witheating a balanced diet (19 percent).

South Carolina Wellness Challenges:

Exercise

The survey shows that 26 percent of South Carolina 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, 94 percent ofSouth Carolina residents drive or use public transportation. However, whenthey do exercise, the focus is on general wellness (34 percent),cardiovascular endurance (25 percent) and weight loss (21 percent).

The Economy, Election and Wellness

Forty-two percent of Americans, versus 37 percent of South Carolinaresidents, report that the economy is having a negative impact on theirwellness 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). Overall, 38 percent of South Carolina residents and 33 percentof Americans claim that the candidates' positions on personal wellness willinfluence how they vote this election.

Weight

Forty-seven percent of South Carolina residents consider themselves obeseor overweight compared to 45 percent of Americans, yet only 25 percent ofSouth Carolina respondents gauge their state of wellness by their currentweight.

Stress

Forty percent of South Carolina residents report having a "very" or"somewhat" high stress level, according to the Amway Global Wellness Index.Forty-two percent of South Carolina residents find that talking to family andfriends is a highly effective way of coping with their stress. Increasingphysical activity (34 percent) and sleep (30 percent) also top the list, while16 percent practice yoga and 14 percent turn to food for comfort. Only11 percent of residents decrease the time they spend using technology gadgetsto reduce stress.

Sleep

While 44 percent of South Carolina residents report that not gettingenough exercise is one of the biggest wellness challenges, 31 percent alsoreport getting enough sleep as a major challenge. Only 16 percent of SouthCarolina residents judge their current state of wellness by the amount ofsleep they get.

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 categori
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