Navigation Links
Americans Skimp on Healthy Activities in Bad Economy
Date:5/17/2009

Survey says corporate wellness programs, walking offer ways to keep health on track

DALLAS, May 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yet another negative result of the bad economy: Americans are cutting back on healthy activities such as eating fresh foods and exercising regularly.

In a national omnibus survey of 1,000 people conducted in March 2009 by the American Heart Association:

  • 57 percent said the economy has affected their ability to take care of their health.
  • 32 percent have made a change in the last six months to save money, such as delaying preventive care appointments, not taking medications or skipping the dentist.
  • 25 percent of those with gym memberships have cancelled in the previous six months.
  • 42 percent plan to make changes in the next six months that may impact their health, such as buying fewer fruits and vegetables.

Results of the study spell trouble for Americans' overall well-being and heart health in particular, said Timothy Gardner, M.D., President of the American Heart Association.

"We've made dramatic gains in recent years in our fight against heart disease and stroke, but trends like these threaten to reverse these gains. We need to remind people that even in hard times their health is important. Physical activity, in particular, is an easy, inexpensive way for people to prevent heart disease and manage their stress -- another byproduct of a tough economy."

The American Heart Association encourages walking because it's the most accessible form of physical activity and it has the lowest drop out rate among Americans. The association supports the federal government's recently revised guidelines for physical activity, which focus more on a cumulative amount of activity over a week, rather than a specific amount each day.

"The message now is that physical activity can be worked in any time, anywhere," said Gardner. "The important thing is to make sure you are getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. We encourage people to incorporate regular walking into their normal routines, such as during the work day."

In the last two years, the association has recognized nearly 1,000 companies as "Fit-Friendly", meaning they champion the health of their employees and offer opportunities for wellness at work.

Employers can save $16 for every $1 they invest on health and wellness. Fitness programs have reduced employer healthcare costs by 20 percent to 55 percent, and reducing one health risk increases productivity by 9 percent and absenteeism by 2 percent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that physically active people save $330 per year in direct medical expenditures.

Cardiovascular disease continues to be the nation's leading cause of death, with direct and indirect costs estimated to be $475.3 billion. The savings that individuals can attribute to regular exercise not only impact their own wallets, but also those of the nation and their workplace.

About the American Heart Association:

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim over 864,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2005-06 the association invested more than $473 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.americanheart.org.

About Start!

Start! is the American Heart Association's national initiative that calls on Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health through walking. Start! is sponsored nationally by SUBWAY(R)Restaurants, Healthy Choice(R) and AstraZeneca. Visit www.startwalkingnow.org to download a free personal walking plan, track your physical activity online or find a walking buddy in your area.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Heart Association
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Many Older Americans Have Active Sex Lives
2. Despite grumbling, most Americans say they are happy at work
3. Record Number of Americans Lack Health Insurance
4. AUDIO from Medialink and Pfizer: Number of Uninsured Americans Grows to 47 Million
5. New Survey Shows Americans are Still Concerned About Food Safety, Yet Still Not Smart About What They Like to Eat
6. Amid Improving Life Expectancy Rates, Risk of Premature Death is Still Significant for Americans, New Study Shows
7. AOA President Calls on Congress to Reauthorize SCHIP and Take Action to Ensure Health Care Coverage for All Americans
8. National Council on Disability Urges Congress to Support Americans with Disabilities Act Restoration
9. Few Americans Know of Leg Artery Danger
10. More Americans Urged to Get Flu Shots
11. Pelosi: Todays Sweeping, Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Drug Safety is a Victory for All Americans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... International Protein, a company based out of Australia that ... the January ECRM trade show in Hilton Head, SC. , International Protein was ... create a line of products that would elevate her fitness regime. At this ECRM ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... , ... January 20, 2017 , ... "TransFlare 4K Mystique ... inside of Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film ... Dragon. Utilizing the Dragon Sensor,TransFlare 4K Mystique lens flare and light leak transitions have ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... “Mary Magdalene: Grace is ... life of the woman who witnessed Jesus Christ firsthand. “Mary Magdalene: Grace is Greater ... spent her career as an educator interacting with countless women who had little knowledge ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... “Code Word: Chocolate Biscuit”: a biographical account following a man who went on to support ... author, Marlyn Ivey, born in Lynn Haven, Florida and at the age of 5, his ... of age, he joined the Navy and got married right out of boot camp. ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... D R Burton Healthcare Products ... was featured in a study indicating superior performance against competitive products in secretion ... Three Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Devices During Simulated Breathing“ was published in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/20/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Types, OTC Amplifiers, Diagnostic Instruments), Sales Volume, Company Analysis and ... ... Market Sales Volume, Company Analysis and Forecast to 2022 provides ... The growing prevalence of hearing impairment coupled with ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... , Jan 20, 2017 Research ... Stability Testing Market Trends, Opportunities, and Future" report to their ... This ... sizing, emerging trends, and technologies, and provides a snapshot of the ... is 2015 and forecasts are provided from 2016 to 2020. The ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... Entscheidung fällt als ... Die internationale humanitäre Stadt soll um knapp 2800 m² ... Seine Hoheit Scheich Muhammad bin Raschid ... von Dubai , hat den Auftrag ... Humanitarian City IHC) zu verdreifachen, um den Betrieb zur ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: