Are Small-Business Owners Healthier?

A majority of small-business owners (53 percent) surveyed believe they are healthier because they run a business, according to a Bank of America Small Business Owner Report.

According to the report, "Today's small-business owners are not only focused on improving the financial health of their company, they are also focused on their overall personal health, including exercise and managing stress."

One theory holds that these business owners relish the control they have over their business, says a Bank of America spokesperson. Because they schedule their own time, they can break for exercise. And 57 percent of those surveyed say they are very good at managing stress, which may account for feelings of well-being.

Small-business owners report:

49% Getting between seven and eight hours of sleep

35% Exercising more frequently than if they weren’t self-employed

29% Eating more healthfully

21% Spending more time with a spouse, family or friends

On the flip side, they cite achieving a work-life balance as their top source of stress:

72% Work more than 40 hours weekly

54% Say they went to work when ill during the past year



Betsy Simnacher is a freelance writer who has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines nationwide. She lives in the suburbs of Dallas.

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