Survey Shows West Virginia Residents Are More Stressed, Exercise Less Than National Average

Monday, September 15, 2008 General News
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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 West Virginia 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. West Virginia residentsreport that the two main barriers preventing them from living a healthierlifestyle include lack of time (43 percent) and the cost associated witheating a balanced diet (27 percent).

West Virginia Wellness Challenges:


Fifty-four percent of West Virginians report having a "very" or "somewhat"high stress level which is much higher than the national average (40 percent),according to the Amway Global Wellness Index. Fifty-four percent of WestVirginia residents find that talking to family and friends is a highlyeffective way of coping with their stress. Increasing physical activity(42 percent) and sleep (33 percent) also top the list, while 20 percent turnto food for comfort and 17 percent shop. Only 11 percent of residents decreasethe time they spend using technology gadgets to reduce stress.


The survey shows that 29 percent of West Virginia 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, 90 percent ofWest Virginia residents drive or use public transportation. However, when theydo exercise, the focus is on general wellness (35 percent), cardiovascularendurance (27 percent) and weight loss (15 percent).


Fifty percent of West Virginia residents consider themselves obese oroverweight compared to 45 percent of Americans, yet only 28 percent of WestVirginia respondents gauge their state of wellness by their current weight.


While 33 percent of West Virginia residents report that not getting enoughexercise is one of the biggest wellness challenges, 36 percent also reportgetting enough sleep as a major challenge. Only 15 percent of West Virginiansjudge their current state of wellness by the amount of sleep they get.

The Economy, Election and Wellness

Forty-three percent of West Virginians, versus 42 percent of Americans,report that the economy is having a negative impact on their wellness choices.For the 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,30 percent of West Virginians and 33 percent of Americans claim that thecandidates' positions on personal wellness will influence how they vote thiselection.

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

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 c

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