Take a vacation – get healthier!

Did You Know That…?
…Studies have shown that not taking vacations is linked to health problems. One study found that men at risk for coronary heart disease, and who failed to take vacations, were 32% more susceptible to dying from a heart attack. Another study compared women who vacationed at least twice a year to those who took one every six years or less. The women who did not vacation were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack. The average American worker has 14 vacation days per year, but most only use 12 of those days. Worse than that, about 25% of Americans don’t take any vacation at all. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not legally require workers to be provided a set number of paid vacation days. This is in stark contrast to Europe where workers are provided with 20 paid vacation days every year. The U.S. is 28th in the world in life expectancy.


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