Navigation Links
Video: Regular Vacations: Prescription for a Healthy Lifestyle

Not Just a Nicety; Vacations are a Necessity

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent research shows that the long-term benefits associated with taking regular vacations contribute to better health, relationships and job performance. In fact, the statistics are astounding. Men who don't vacation regularly are 32 percent more likely to die of heart attacks; women are 50 percent more likely.(1) In an effort to encourage Americans to become more disciplined about taking time each year to rejuvenate, has partnered with John de Graaf, a leading authority on this subject.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to:

"People need to understand the important health benefits they will get from taking time away from their normal routine," says John de Graaf, executive director of Take Back Your Time, an initiative encouraging time outside of work. "Vacations are not a luxury but an important part of any healthy lifestyle."

For nearly 20 years, de Graaf's efforts have focused on the belief that Americans are vacation deprived. A recent study from Expedia estimates that 47.5 million Americans will not use all of their earned vacation days this year, leaving an average of three unused. In total, they will give back more than 460 million vacation days.

De Graaf's research points to hectic, work-life balance issues in the United States as a leading contributor to why Americans don't take the time or often overlook the importance of vacations. Furthermore, getting away for regular vacations proves challenging for many, especially in tough economic times. There is growing evidence, however, that investing in a vacation means investing in your personal health and overall well-being. One to two weeks away from the daily routine leads to better job performance and productivity, increasing reaction times by 30 to 40 percent. In addition, quality of sleep increases by about one hour a night upon return from vacation. "Simply put, people can't afford not to take a vacation," says de Graaf.

"It's time for over-stressed Americans to write their own prescription: 'Take Two Weeks and Call Me in the Morning'," says de Graaf. "That regular vacation break will keep people out of the doctor's office and enjoying life."

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) has long promoted the need to vacation at least once a year. "Spending quality time away from the stresses of daily life and ensuring that every member of the family will have the necessary space to rejuvenate adds value to the vacation experience," said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA. "We look forward to working with John to help make the connection that Americans are vacation deprived and that taking a regular vacation will provide long-lasting health and family benefits."

Further information on taking better vacations, including guest articles on the topic of vacation matters by John de Graaf, please visit

About John de Graaf

De Graaf is the executive director of Take Back Your Time, a U.S./Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment.


The American Resort Development Association's (ARDA) new on-line resource informs consumers on the importance of taking a vacation and the overall benefits of enjoying one -- regularly -- through shared vacation ownership. is a comprehensive, educational tool for consumers to learn about this travel option and to demonstrate a way for travelers to vacation better.

(1) According to Reporting in the Journal Psychosomatic Medicine in 2000.

Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Video: The Cigarette Is Dead Social Movement Takes Aim at Deadly Icon
2. Video: Never Feel Bad About Your Neck Again:
3. Video: The Science Behind the Soak - a Coping Tool for Todays Changing World
4. Video: Just What the Doctor Ordered: Survey Shows Americans Adopting Healthier Lifestyles
5. Video: 2008 US Olympic Gymnastic Superstars Join Todays Top Music Icons for Womens Cancer Awareness Network Special, Frosted Pink with a Twist
6. Video: One A Day(R) and Ellen DeGeneres Team Up to Deliver a Message to Women About Breast Cancer Through The One A Day Womens Wake-Up Call Program
7. Video: Influenza Vaccine Recommended for More Americans Than Ever Before
8. Video: The Shifting Landscape of Health Care Fraud and Regulatory Compliance
9. Video: Ochsner Medical Center Drives Mobile P.E. Class to New Orleans Schools in Fight Against Child Obesity
10. Video: Communication is Key to Ease Worry about Orthopaedic Surgery
11. Video: A Toast to the Cure Set for October 30 Breast Cancer Survivors Raise Your Glasses
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Lizzie’s Lice Pickers just announced ... offering customers 10% off of their purchase of lice treatment product. In addition, customers ... According to a company spokesperson. “Finding lice is a sure way to ruin the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only dating community in the world, revealed that ... ). More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% ... WHO's first global estimates of HSV-1 infection . , "The data shocks us highly!" ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, ... interesting show that delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. ... from open dialogue, this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to its Diagnostic ... list of CAAHEP accredited colleges, as only one of twelve colleges and universities in ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley from Vintage Rock Posters, announces ... This is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful concert posters. The concert was ... in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is hard to believe that Joplin's ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 27, 2015 ... --> Medical alert ... system (PERS) market is expected ... years with APAC being the ... see a high CAGR between ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... UTRECHT, the Netherlands , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ...   A new combination approach blends immunotherapy ... --> A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with ... A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with ... the Netherlands has found that immunotherapy ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has announced ... Outlook to 2019 - Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing ... to their offering. Boston ... scientific and others. --> The market ... Boston scientific and others. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: