NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Would you rather be thin or strong? Smart or sexy? What exactly do Americansconsider to be healthy in 2018? Parade magazine and Cleveland Clinic recently joined forces to take the pulse of Americans' behaviors and attitudes toward health today.
The surprising findings from the Parade/Cleveland Clinic Healthy Now survey include:
BEING STRONG, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY, IS THE NEW HEALTHY.
AMERICANS ARE FED UP WITH SOCIETY'S UNREALISTIC BODY IMAGE EXPECTATIONS.
WE DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE HEALTHY.
AMERICANS KNOW WHAT TO DO TO HELP PREVENT THEIR BIGGEST HEALTH CONCERNS, BUT FEW FOLLOW THROUGH.
The risk of cancer is the biggest fear for Americans, both for themselves (39%) and for their loved ones (44%), followed by heart disease/heart attack (31% themselves vs. 40% loved ones) and Alzheimer's/dementia (22% vs. 27%, respectively).
AMERICANS ARE CONFUSED ABOUT HOW TO BALANCE DIET AND EXERCISE.
AMERICANS WANT CLEAR, CONCISE INFORMATION AND ADVICE ABOUT HEALTH.
"When I see these results, it shows me that people want to create real health—they want to be strong and feel good both mentally and physically," says Mark Hyman, M.D., director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. "For years, Americans have heard conflicting information about diet and exercise, and many of them are so confused they have just given up," Hyman says. "The truth is, you can't exercise your way out of a bad diet, and eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated."
Lisa Delaney, SVP/Chief Content Officer of Parade says, "There's a real opportunity for health care professionals and the media to encourage Americans to make the kind of small, simple lifestyle changes that go a long way when it comes to physical and mental health." Delaney adds, "Something as simple as talking a walk before dinner instead of watching TV, or eating a salad for lunch instead of a burger are the building blocks of a stronger, fitter body and mind."
Some other notable survey stats:
Visit Parade.com/healthynow for the full results and a get-healthy action plan.
About the Parade/Cleveland Clinic Healthy Now SurveyA joint online survey by Cleveland Clinic and Parade of 1,010 Americans, 18 years of age and older, living in the continental United States, completed between July 13 and 20, 2018. The margin of error for the total sample at the 95% confidence level is +/- 3 percentage points.
About AMG/ParadeAMG/Parade develops and distributes premium content across print, mobile, digital, video and audio platforms. Its brands include Parade, Relish, Spry Living, Athlon Sports & Life and American Profile's Community Table. The company's suite of newsstand titles is targeted to the sports, decorating and gardening, outdoors and pop culture categories. Based in Nashville, Tenn., and New York, the company also creates custom content for newspapers, major brand clients and retailers.
About Cleveland ClinicCleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Among Cleveland Clinic's 52,000 employees are more than 3,600 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic's health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2017, there were 7.6 million outpatient visits, 229,000 hospital admissions and 207,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic's health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.
Contact: AMG/Parade, Alexis Colladoacollado.firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-884-3764
Cleveland Clinic, Andrea Pacettipacetta@ccf.org or 216-444-8168
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