Americans View Health as Success Symbol

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 29, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Seventy-two percent of Americans believe that being physically healthy is a major symbol of personal success, according to a survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation that looked at American attitudes concerning their health and self-esteem. Ninety-one percent of survey respondents prefer to be talked about as someone who is “healthy” rather than someone who is “wealthy.” Seventy-one percent of Americans would like to be described as someone who “looks really healthy” rather than someone who looks “put together or well-dressed.”

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at