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LIVESTRONG.COM Survey Reveals 86 Percent of Americans Attempt Changes to Improve Their Health but Less Than Half are Successful
Date:6/16/2008

Consumers cite 'lack of motivation,' 'lack of money' and 'lack of time' as the top three factors that prevent them from successfully accomplishing

changes that benefit their health

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Findings from a survey released today reveal that the vast majority of Americans (86%) attempt changes to improve their overall health, but less than half of those who consider making lifestyle changes (46%) are actually successful. The survey, commissioned by LIVESTRONG.COM, the new online destination that provides users with a 360 degree social conversation on health and healthy living, fielded by Harris Interactive(R), reaffirms that healthy living is an important area of concern. However, the findings also highlight the importance of providing a framework that enables people to be successful.

"There is no question that just about everyone believes they can take better care of themselves and every day we hear information about the multitude of ways to make that happen," said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, physician, chief medical advisor of LIVESTRONG.COM and chief medical correspondent at CNN. "Today's survey proves this, but also shows us that there is a clear need for resources and tools to help them to take an active role on their overall health and well-being. The key to successfully making changes is increased awareness and constant maintenance, which means setting goals for yourself and committing to them on a daily basis."

The survey found 81% of U.S. adults indicated that there are specific factors that prevent/would prevent them from making the needed changes to benefit their overall health.

Based on LIVESTRONG.COM's survey findings, the top three roadblocks cited in the survey were, lack of motivation, lack of money and lack of time, respectively. Other factors that prevented people from making changes included: lack of tools/resources, lack of support and lack of knowledge/information.
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