ATLANTA, September 18, 2013 — Regardless of what causes you to “stress out,” how often you feel stressed and how you handle it can help – or hurt – your health. That’s why Sharecare, the online health and wellness community founded by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz where people engage with top health experts and personalized resources, factors how well we manage stress into determining the Youngest & Oldest Cities in America. Based on results from a sample of 250,000 RealAge® Test respondents, Sharecare today revealed the Top 10 Cities Where People Stress Less: San Diego; Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Mo; Sacramento, Calif.; Phoenix; San Francisco; Chicago; Minneapolis; Memphis, Tenn.; and Miami.
“High levels of continuous stress can raise your blood pressure, harm your immune system and increase your risk of heart attack and stroke,” said Dr. Keith Roach, chief medical officer of Sharecare and co-creator of its RealAge® Test. “It’s also important to keep in mind that moderate stress isn’t a bad thing, as our performance levels are higher with a little bit of stress than with no stress at all.”
According to scientific data built into the RealAge® Test, effectively managing stress can add 2.4 years to your life if you’re male, and more than a year if you’re female. To better manage stress, Sharecare experts recommend regular exercise, a good night’s sleep, meditating, breathing exercises and aromatherapy.
In its research to name the Top 10 Cities Where People Stress Less, Sharecare also learned these 10 cities are the country’s most stressed out: Greenville, S.C.; Louisville, Ky.; Pittsburgh; Indianapolis; Hartford, Conn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Salt Lake City; Knoxville, Tenn.; Greensboro, NC; and Las Vegas.
For more information about how to manage and relieve stress, go to www.sharecare.com/stress. To find out if younger or older than the calendar says you are, join Sharecare – membership is free – and take the RealAge Test at www.sharecare.com/realagetest.
Sharecare is a health and wellness social engagement platform that helps people to live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high-quality information from national experts, interactive tools and local healthcare providers. The power behind the site is its groundbreaking and popular, scientifically-based health risk assessment, RealAge® Test, taken by more than 30 million people since its inception in 1998, and a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of America’s top experts—greatly simplifying the search for health information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice—simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta.