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Top 10 U.S. Well-Being Discoveries in 2013

Gallup publishes highlights from health and well-being findings (December 29)

Through its daily surveys, conducted year-round, the Gallup–Healthways Well-Being Index provides insights into Americans’ mental state, exercise, eating habits, health care coverage, physical health, and financial well-being. Recently, the company published a list of its editors’ picks for the top 10 most important health and well-being findings from 2013. Highlights from this list include:

  • The adult obesity rate has been trending upward in 2013 and will likely surpass rates since 2008, when Gallup and Healthways began tracking.
  • Exercising fewer than 3 days a week is more closely linked to U.S. workers being obese than any of 26 other behavioral factors, including healthy eating.
  • In a first-of-its-kind study exploring the relationship between adult obesity and food deserts, Gallup found that the lack of access to grocery stores alone doesn’t matter in terms of obesity; it only matters when Americans also have low incomes.
  • Eighteen percent of actively disengaged workers — those who are emotionally disconnected from their jobs — smoke compared with 15% of other workers.
  • Employees who are engaged at work are more likely to report eating healthier, exercising more frequently, and consuming more fruits and vegetables than workers who are not engaged or who are actively disengaged.
  • American women who say they have had a heart attack at some point in their lives have an average Emotional Health Index score that is eight points lower than the average score among women who have not had a heart attack.

Source: Gallup; December 29, 2013.

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