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Survey Finds Less Than Half of Americans Practice a Wellness Routine, but the Majority Agree on its Benefits


MODESTO, Calif., April 19, 2022: As we emerge from the pandemic and experience another new normal, prioritizing our overall wellness will be key for maintaining our health. A recent survey from California Almonds conducted among 6,000 U.S. adults (18+ years) found that most American adults (64%) consider wellness an important part of our lives, but less than half (47%) admit to practicing wellness rituals daily. In the same survey, almost all agree that feeling refreshed (57%), happy (56%), energized (52%), and – above all – good about ourselves (68%) are the key benefits of a wellness routine. While we recognize why it’s good for us to incorporate a wellness routine, many are still struggling to infuse self-care into their day-to-day. To help others achieve their wellness goals, Megan Roup, wellness expert and trainer, has partnered with California Almonds to share her tips on how to create a routine that can fit into any individual way of life and help you be your best self.   

As a new mom, founder of The Sculpt Society and celebrity trainer, Megan realized her pre-pandemic schedule wasn’t sustainable for the long-term, allowing her to discover the importance of finding balance and creating a well-rounded routine. Within her wellness rituals, she wanted to find a smart snack to fuel her mind and body amid her busy schedule, which is when she began eating almonds regularly. Paired with daily movement, snacking on almonds has been a go-to for Megan to feel her best all-around. They’re packed with seven essential vitamins and nutrients for the ultimate nutritious snack, including magnesium to aid in the production of energy in the body and antioxidant vitamin E to benefit skin health. In curating a routine with new elements that help improve her overall wellbeing, Megan created a few tips to help others do so as well:

  • Remember to Rest: It can become a never-ending cycle of putting pressure on ourselves to achieve something every day. But if all you decide to do is rest during the day, then there’s nothing wrong with that! In fact, according to the same survey, many of us (69%) agree that taking time to relax or meditate is a top priority in maintaining overall wellness.
  • Dance It Out:  My favorite way to get daily movement in is through dance with The Sculpt Society, because it caters to any level dancer. For most of us (70%), exercising in general is another top priority in our wellness routines, as found in the same survey. When working out, don’t forget to pair physical activity with smart snacking on foods like almonds. They offer 6 grams of plant-based protein, 13 grams of unsaturated fat and 1 gram of saturated fat along with vitamin e and magnesium in just one handful (1 oz), making them the perfect pre workout snack.
  • Better Food, Better Mood: I like to give my body the food that helps me be my best self. The wellness survey also identified that the majority of us (73%) agree healthy eating is a must in wellness routines, which is why almonds are my go-to mid-day snack when I need a little extra pep as they’re a natural energy source. They perfectly combine taste, health and convenience into one simple snack, filled with nutrients for feeling your best.
If you want to create a routine that works for you, you need to make sure it’s sustainable to your lifestyle. My motto is ‘commit to less, so you can show up more.’ Give yourself permission to satiate a sweet tooth with chocolate covered almonds and be proud of yourself for completing a 10 minute quickie workout without guilt. Wellness is meant to be individualized, and over time consistent small changes will create results.
Megan Roup

As we strive to be the best versions of ourselves, prioritizing self-care and wellness routines post-pandemic is crucial, and the same survey found many of us (74%) plan to continue doing so. When exploring new activities to add in our wellness routines, snacking on almonds has been found to impact the other things that promote our wellbeing, meaning almond eaters are generally more likely to incorporate things like getting enough rest/sleep (53%), exercising regularly (59%), and eating healthy (58%) in their routines.

For more information and resources about California Almonds and Megan Roup’s tips, please visit and follow California Almonds on Instagram and Twitter.

Survey Methodology  A custom survey was conducted among a census-balanced sample of U.S. adults (18+ years) in late September to uncover insights statistically projectable to the general population as well as key audience segments. Areas of exploration included: 

  • Wellness rituals and regeneration 
  • Snack habits 
  • Health benefits 
  • Almond attitudes 
  • Pandemic & beyond 
  • The study yielded a total sample size of n=6,000 with a margin of error of ± 1% at a 90 percent level of statistical confidence. Subgroup analysis was conducted to understand nuances across audience segments, with a priority on the following: 
  • Millennials (n=1,573) 
  • Almond eaters (n=1,884; defined as weekly+) 
  • Millennial almond eaters (n=595; almond eaters defined as weekly+) 
  • Families with children in the household (n=1,641) 
  •   About California Almonds 
    California Almonds make life better by what we grow and how we grow. The Almond Board of California promotes natural, wholesome and quality almonds through leadership in strategic market development, innovative research, and accelerated adoption of industry best practices on behalf of the more than 7,600 almond farmers and processors in California, most of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.    About Megan Roup Megan Roup is the founder of The Sculpt Society and wellness expert with the goal of empowering women through movement. Combining her passion for dance and love of fitness, Megan created The Sculpt Society to fill a missing piece in the fitness community with a program that would help women reach their goals and would still be fun. Megan moved to New York City by way of Santa Barbara, CA to attend the Dance Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Post-graduation, she lived and worked in New York City as a dancer which led her to a dream-job working for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets Dance Team. After becoming a fitness instructor, Megan quickly fell in love with teaching and the connections and impact she was having on other women and knew it was something she wanted to do forever.

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