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Beat Stress for Free: MSN Encourages Americans to Take It Out on the Treadmill
Date:4/6/2009

MSN marks Stress Awareness Month by offering Americans free and unique fitness tools to help reduce stress levels at home and work.

REDMOND, Wash., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Stress is a fact of life. However, with the declining economy and the looming tax deadline, many Americans may feel more stressed than ever and some are looking for solutions on how to cope. To help provide some answers, MSN, in honor of Stress Awareness Month, is offering people free and healthy tips and tools on how to help manage and reduce their stress levels.

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According to an American Psychological Association report "Stress in America," nearly half of Americans report that their stress level has increased over the past year, with as many as 30 percent rating their average stress level as extreme.* Specifically, eight out of 10 Americans listed money and the economy -- 81 percent and 80 percent, respectively -- as the main source of their stress.

Although Americans employ a variety of stress-management techniques, not all methods are particularly healthy. In fact, 72 percent of Americans say they either overeat, drink alcohol, smoke or gamble as a way to manage their stress.*

"Unhealthy coping techniques like a fast-food binge or stiff drink (or two) may temporarily de-stress you, but will make you feel worse in the long run," said Martica Heaner, an MSN Health & Fitness expert and a co-author of "Lean Mommy." "Anyone can take a positive, empowering approach to tackling stress by moving more and eating more nutritiously. If someone is not sure where to start, Fit Zone, a new fitness tool at http://health.msn.com, provides easy workouts to fo
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