Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Did you know that....

Did you know that:
• 80 percent of Americans say that during the past few years they have become more aware of how mental health and emotions can affect their physical health and vice versa (APA 2005)
• Two-thirds of all office visits to family physicians are due to stress related symptoms (American Academy of Family Physicians)
• 43 percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress (“The Stress Solution: An action plan to manage the stress in your life”, Lyle H. Miller, and Alma Dell Smith, Ph.D.)
• 93 percent of Americans say that perception, thoughts and choices affect physical health (APA 2005)
• 58 percent of American believe that you cannot have good physical health without good mental health (APA 2005)
• High levels of hostility, Smoking, obesity and high cholesterol have been found to cause heart disease ( Health Psychology November 2002)
• Men in high optimism were less than half as likely to develop heart disease then the men who were much more pessimistic (Veterans Administration Normative Aging Study)
• 64 percent of Americans are saying that they are trying to reduce the amount of stress in their lives (APA 2005)
• Employees that work out on a regular basis are less likely to end up in a doctor’s office (APA 2005)
Did you know that there is a link between physical health, mental health and longevity of life?
• Stress is one of the leading causes of so many physical and mental issues. However when you are in better condition your body can handle the stress loads much better and you tend not to have long lasting physical issues. When you are out of shape your body has a hard enough time trying to keep alive and together. Now add on the stresses of life. Whereas if you are in shape the stress load on your body is minimized and you are able to handle the stresses of life much easier. (“The Stress Solution: An action plan to manage the stress in your life”, Lyle H. Miller and Alma Dell Smith, Ph.D.)
• People that are out of shape and obese and have high levels of anxiety (stress) have between two and seven times the risk of heart disease. ( “Emotional Longevity: What really determines How Long we live”, Norman B Anderson and Elizabeth P. Anderson, 2003)
Did you know that there is a link between fitness and productivity?
• In the work place physical conditioning has shown that those people tend to have a higher productivity rate (American Institute of Stress, A.M.A.)
• Those that are in good condition tend not to be absent as much as their colleagues who are out of condition. (A.M.A., A.P.A 2005)
• Medical costs are much greater on those that are out of condition and the cost to companies can be staggering. In some cases up to ten time greater. Many companies have been ruined because of one or two major claims. (A.M.A., A.P.A.2005)
• In 1999, stress related disorders cost the U.S. $42 billion dollars in work related medical costs (National Institute of Mental Health)

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