Parade/Cleveland Clinic Survey Shows Americans Embracing Healthy Lifestyle Changes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

September 25, 2020

SAP Partners

Survey also shows many struggling with pandemic-related mental health issues, particularly younger Americans.

NEW YORK – Americans are responding to the challenges posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic by making positive lifestyle changes that they expect to continue long term, according to a national survey by Parade/Cleveland Clinic. The third annual Healthy Now survey shows that 18- to 34-year-olds were the most likely demographic to adopt new healthy behaviors in many categories. However, the survey also revealed significant mental health challenges, particularly stress, anxiety and depression issues, brought on by the pandemic among survey respondents. The full survey findings are featured online at Parade.com/normal

Key findings from the summer 2020 survey:

SURPRISING POSITIVES AMID CHALLENGES

  • Forging family connections: 78% agree that quarantine has made them value their relationships, with 34% saying they feel closer to their families
  • Taking stock: 65% say the pandemic has made them reevaluate how they spend their time and 58% say the pandemic has made them reevaluate their life goals
  • Finding meaning: 56% say their experiences during the pandemic have strengthened their spiritual beliefs
  • Connecting in the kitchen: 65% report that they’re cooking more at home, with 85% saying they’ll continue.


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