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Kentucky and 1st CD Not Dead Last in Well Being Study

When it comes to health, job satisfaction, life evaluation, basic access to nutrition and health care and physical and emotional health, the 1st District ranks only better than the Fifth Congressional District in Eastern Kentucky. Congressional District MapOther congressional districts might want to hold up on popping open the champagne. Kentucky ranked 49th out of 50 states - doing only better than West Virginia.

Chalk up the low ranking to the usual suspects. We smoke. We don't exercise. We're poorer than the rest of the nation and we lack access to health care.  Kentucky has heard it all before.

The question to be asked: what can be done and who will do it?  A partial answer - schools across the country are taking these stats to heart and working with students to develop health habits to last a lifetime.


About the State and Congressional District Resource for Well-Being

In an unprecedented Alliance for American health transformation, Gallup, Healthways and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) http://www.ahip.org/are providing a new national pulse of individual and collective health and well-being, as well as solutions for a healthy America.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index™, designed to be the Dow Jones of Health, gives a measure of people's well-being.

The Well-Being Index, a unique twenty-five year partnership in research and care, is an on-going daily survey that began in January 2008. It surveys 1,000 Americans 350 days per year.

The research and methodology underlying the Well-Being Index is based on the World Health Organization definition of health as "not only the absence of infirmity and disease, but also a state of physical, mental, and social well-being."

The Well-Being Index is comprised of over 40 questions providing an Overall Composite metric based on six individual and interrelated Domains and Indices of Well Being: Life Evaluation, Emotional Health, Physical Health, Healthy Behavior, Work Environment, and Basic Access.

As the largest collection of data for the health and well-being of large populations ever assembled, it will increase an understanding of how those factors impact the financial health of our nation and its communities.  The Well Being Index is a powerful behavioral economics tool. It will assist national, state and community leaders, as well as policy makers and employers to make smart resource allocation decisions for the health and well-being of millions of people and the financial health of the Nation.


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