WASHINGTON (AP) - Looking for happiness—it's family-friendly communities for some, tropical paradise or the rugged West for others. A survey of Americans' well-being, conducted by Gallup in partnership with Healthways and America's Health Insurance Plans, gives high marks to Utah, which boasts lots of outdoor recreation for its youthful population.
Speaking of outdoor recreation, the islands of Hawaii took second place and Wyoming was third in the poll that rated such variables as mental, physical and economic health.
GALLUP: In January 2009, Gallup and Healthways formed an alliance with America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to produce an annual report on the Well-Being for each of the 435 congressional districts in the U.S. and bi-annually on each of the 50 states. The massive scope of the Well-Being Index's 1,000 interviews completed a night was intentionally designed to support this level of reporting and insight. There are specific challenges that are unique to even adjoining areas and a simplistic national solution will not have the impact that is required to stave off the looming healthcare crisis. AHIP's decision to use the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index as the barometer of well-being will expand the benchmark for conversations about healthcare nationwide.
See results for any Congressional District or State: http://www.ahiphiwire.org/wellbeing.
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index: http://www.well-beingindex.com
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