A recent study from Humana and Reader’s Digest has found a number of interesting differences in how America’s generations view their health and well-being.
In fact, 64 percent of older Americans (age 65 and older) say having “good health” is most important to them, even more than a close knit family or financial security – while 69 percent of younger Americans (age 64 and younger) say having a close-knit family is most important to them.
The nationwide survey of 1,000 people examined health behaviors and opinions across age groups in America and found a number of other key differences. For example, 40 percent of older adults equate “good health” with being happy, while 46 percent of young Americans define “good health” as being in better shape.
The infographic above highlights the differences in how younger and older people think about their health. These findings illustrate the importance of finding new ways to help motivate people to make healthy choices based on what is most important to them. This is why Humana has launched innovative, personalized well-being programs like HumanaVitality for their members.
Other key findings from the study include:
- 42 percent of seniors, compared to 29 percent of Americans overall, engage in no physical activity that raises their heart rate over the course of a week
- Americans are sedentary for slightly more than 7 hours a day – more time than is typically spent sleeping.
- One in 10 Americans have four or more meals from a fast food restaurant over the course of each week.
- Working moms are more likely (58 percent) to participate in regular daily physical activities (e.g. taking walks, using stairs, going to a gym) than working dads (37 percent).