Findings from the American Cancer Society’s 2010 Choose You Survey
In March 2010, the American Cancer Society conducted a national online survey of approximately 2,000 U.S. females ages 25-64 to examine women’s health behaviors and needs. According to the survey, women want better health, but fall short of achieving it. The survey found that 95 percent of women feel the need to improve their health, yet approximately three out of five women put others’ health before their own. When it comes to women’s specific health behaviors, the survey reveals some eye-opening findings:
· 90 percent say they fall short of eating a healthy diet
· 85 percent don’t get the minimum daily exercise of 30 minutes a day, five days a week recommended by the U.S. government
· 76 percent don’t always protect their skin from the sun
When asked to pick one day to focus on themselves and their health each year, the majority of women (65 percent) chose their birthday. By empowering women with the tools and resources to take care of themselves and help prevent cancer, the Choose You movement is another way the American Cancer Society — the official sponsor of birthdays — is helping to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.