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Mayo Clinic National Health Check-Up

By Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. February 9, 2016

The first-ever Mayo Clinic National Health Check-Up surveyed American adults to take the pulse of Americans' health opinions and behaviors.

More than 1,000 people responded. They reported encountering barriers to staying healthy, with work schedule being the top barrier.

Other barriers included the cost of healthy food, caring for others (child, spouse, or parents), and not getting enough sleep. Weight gain and difficulty sleeping were the most common concerning changes over the past 5 years. Despite this, most Americans said they expect to age better than their parents.

Other survey topics included personal health outlook and goals to improve health, top health concerns by age, and optimism about curing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and Parkinson's.

Weight and sleep dominated the health concerns of those in their 30s and 40s, whereas the 20-somethings focused on eating a healthier diet, and the older generations was focused more on their health issues.

What do Americans plan to do to improve their health in 2016?

  • Eat healthier
  • Exercise more
  • Schedule an annual wellness exam
  • Get more sleep
  • See a doctor to address symptoms
  • Take a nutritional supplement
  • Schedule a milestone screening
  • Make time for medications

Overall, women appeared to be more proactive about their health and more intent on making healthy changes. Of concern are are the low number of men (26 percent) who said they plan to schedule a milestone screening, such as a colonoscopy, in the next year.

Check in with your health and lifestyle: What are your health goals? Barriers? Next, take it a step further and explore how you might work around that barrier to improve your health. Already working on a goal? Inspire someone and share your strategy.

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Feb. 09, 2016