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Date:4/24/2008

National Survey Reveals Americans Are in Overdrive Trend Expert Addresses Impact of Technology on Health; Fitness Expert

Denise Austin Offers Nightly Wellness Tips

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- After a long day at the office, do you reach for your cell phone or your gym bag? A new national survey, conducted by StrategyOne for the makers of LISTERINE(R) Antiseptic, shows that Americans are busier than ever before, often at the expense of their personal health. More than half of people surveyed (55 percent) said they don't feel like they have the free time in the evenings that they had five years ago, and 80 percent agree that Americans are working longer days than ever before.

When Americans are busy at night, caring for personal health is often not top of mind. On average, working adults spend twice as much time in the evening watching television than working out or keeping fit (8 vs. 4 hours per week), and admit to clocking an average of six extra hours of work time a week above and beyond the standard 40 hour work week, either working at home or staying late at work. Not surprisingly, simple health routines, like oral care, are the most neglected nighttime routines when working adults feel their time is crunched.

"The explosion of technology advancements over the last five years created opportunities and disruptions for Americans' lifestyles," says Dr. James Canton*, noted trends expert and CEO, Institute for Global Futures. "Innovations such as wireless technology and the growing use of social media bring Americans together personally and professionally 24/7."

In fact, the survey revealed that 63 percent of Americans are using more technology in their lives than 5 or 10 years ago, such as using the Internet, watching recorded TV and gaming.

"New technology is designed with freedom and efficiency in mind yet ironically has many Americans multitasking more than ever before at n
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