Lessons from the Pandemic: Survey Reveals Vulnerabilities in Americans' Commitment to Preventive Health
NEW YORK, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Parade Media/Cleveland Clinic/Ipsos poll finds that 48% of Americans surveyed experienced a change in their physical health, and 47% reported a shift in their mental/emotional health, as compared to before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic more than one year ago.
The 2021 Healthy Now Practicing Prevention Survey of 1,000 U.S. adults revealed that women and adults ages 18-34 years old were the most likely to experience negative physical and mental health effects vs. prior to the pandemic. The survey also noted that while 81% of respondents rated their overall health as good or excellent, a sizeable proportion struggle with making healthy food choices, getting enough sleep and loneliness and isolation. Many Americans also lacked knowledge of key information about their personal health.
More key findings from the April 2021 survey:
PANDEMIC EFFECTS: DESPITE CHALLENGES, SOME MANAGE TO THRIVE
"The COVID-19 pandemic shifted into sharp focus the importance of proactively taking measures to preserve and protect our physical and mental health," says Lisa Delaney, SVP/Chief Content Officer of Parade Media. "While some have been able to thrive, many others are suffering. By understanding who is most vulnerable—and determining where they struggle in the areas most important to their overall wellness—we can help people optimize their health, be better prepared in the face of future public health challenges, and improve their wellbeing and quality of life."
To that end, the survey also polled Americans to see how well they are doing when it comes to making the choices and adopting the behaviors proven to improve their physical and mental health.
STAYING ACTIVE, STRUGGLING WITH DIET
SLEEP ISSUES PREVALENT, BUT MANY SNUB SOLUTIONS
"I am pleased to see that Americans are turning to their health care providers for information, especially as we navigate this pandemic which has affected our lives and health in so many ways. It's also encouraging that the far majority of Americans are comfortable sharing sensitive health issues with their doctor," said Dr. Neha Vyas, a primary care physician at Cleveland Clinic, who helped advise the survey. "I also want to encourage anyone who has delayed medical care during the pandemic to make themselves appointments. Our hospitals and medical offices are safe and putting off care can lead to much more serious health issues down the road."
THE CHALLENGE OF STAYING POSITIVE, CONNECTED
Find full Parade/Cleveland Clinic Healthy Now survey results and related content at parade.com/healthynowsurvey.
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