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This article is about the health care company, for the scuba gear company, see Healthways .Healthways is a well-being improvement company founded in 1981 and headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.In 2003, the company topped a list of "America's fastest-growing small companies," based on earnings/share growth, revenue growth, and total return. The company's name was changed from "American Healthways" to "Healthways" in 2006 in order to better compete for business outside the United States. In 2008, the company's stock price decreased because it lost Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota as a customer and because a Medicare experiment on disease management had produced "disappointing results". In 2009 Healthways acquired HealthHonors, a behavior economics company that specializes in behavior change science and optimized use of incentives. Wikipedia.


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News Article | November 30, 2016
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WASHINGTON & NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- World-leading analytics and advice firm Gallup, and global well-being improvement leader, Healthways, a Sharecare company, have released new research – part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series – that examines the incidence of diabetes in 190 U.S. communities and across all 50 states. Utah, Rhode Island and Colorado have the lowest incidence of diabetes in the nation, with less than 8% of their populations affected. Alabama and West Virginia have the highest rates, both with more than 16% of their residents reporting that they have been diagnosed with diabetes. Boulder, Colorado, Bellingham, Washington, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Provo-Orem, Utah are the communities with the lowest incidence of diabetes in the country. Boulder distinguishes itself as the only community in the Gallup-Healthways rankings with less than five percent of its population reporting a diagnosis of diabetes. Mobile, Alabama and Charleston, West Virginia place last of the communities ranked, with more than 17% of their respective adult populations having the disease. Per data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, the overall incidence of diabetes in the U.S. for 2016 year to date is 11.5%, a metric that has steadily increased from 10.6% in 2008, when Gallup and Healthways began tracking diabetes prevalence. Even more concerning, the rate of obesity, a key risk factor in the development of type 2 diabetes, has climbed by almost three percentage points since 2008, to reach 28.3% of the national population in 2016. “With almost a third of the U.S. population obese, we're in dire need of effective diabetes prevention and self-management programs,” said Lynn Prowitt, Editor in Chief of dLife, a health information and media platform for those with diabetes. Gallup-Healthways research confirms that the odds of developing diabetes are substantially greater among those who are obese compared to those who are not. Nationally, 21.2% of all obese individuals of any age report they have been diagnosed with diabetes compared to 7.4% of those who are not obese. “The prevalence of diabetes and obesity continue to increase dramatically. We have an epidemic on our hands,” said Steven Edelman, MD, Founder and Director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to diabetes education for patients and providers. “Even more alarming is that only half of people with diabetes are adequately controlling their glucose, a statistic that has not changed in 10 years despite a plethora of new and effective drugs and devices. All of our health care systems need to focus on education, motivation and activation.” Innovative hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers around the country have implemented diabetes management programs to counter these trends and help improve clinical outcomes for patients with diabetes. “With the alarming rise in prediabetes and diabetes, there is an urgent need for hospitals and health systems to redesign how they deliver and coordinate care for patients with diabetes,” added Darria Long Gillespie, MD MBA FACEP, Senior Vice President of Sharecare. “We’ve seen the biggest successes in diabetes programs that focus on managing outpatient metrics, achieving glycemic targets, shortening inpatient stays and reducing readmissions – and, importantly, ensuring patients have better control of their condition and a higher quality of life.” For more information and to access the complete State of American Well-Being: 2015 State and Community Rankings for Incidence of Diabetes report, visit www.well-beingindex.com/2016-diabetes-overview. In 2008, Gallup and Healthways initiated a 25-year partnership merging decades of clinical research and development expertise, health leadership and behavioral economics research to track and understand the key factors that drive well-being. Together, the partnership has built the world’s largest data set on well-being, with over 2.5 million surveys fielded to date. Launched that same year, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® provides unmatched, in-depth insight into the well-being of populations. Gallup conducts 500 telephone interviews a day with Americans to gather their perceptions of well-being for a resulting sample that projects to an estimated 95 percent of all U.S. adults. Gallup delivers analytics and advice to help leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 80 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of employees, customers, students and citizens than any other organization in the world. Healthways, a Sharecare company, is a global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one person at a time, the company uses the science of behavior change to produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans, communities and government entities. Learn more at www.healthways.com.


News Article | November 28, 2016
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Donato J. Tramuto, CEO of Healthways, Inc., philanthropist and global healthcare activist, is now also a published author with the release of Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business. The book, published by Hamilton Books, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield, reflects the challenges Tramuto has faced throughout his life that have inspired him to succeed against all odds, beginning with the loss of his hearing as a young boy, which was only partially restored years later.  Tramuto illustrates how adversity can build character and highlights the events that instilled in him the drive to dedicate his life to making the world a more fair and just place for others. “In the healthcare industry, individuals are typically defined by their physical health or their mental health, but we often overlook story health – the experiences that define and transform our lives,” Tramuto said. “In my case, my hearing loss, the death of my sister-in-law in childbirth due to a medication error, the tragic loss of my brother and nephew, and the loss of my friends on 9/11, are moments that struck the very core of my being and challenged me to get back up and live with purpose for another day. I hope that this book will inspire others to share their ‘bulldozer moments’ by recognizing their story health matters.” Because of his severe hearing loss, Tramuto was bullied and ridiculed as a youngster and was later rejected by nearly every college to which he applied, stating his hearing loss ‘disability’ as the reason. However, his tenacity enabled him to not only gain admission, but to graduate with honors and pursue a successful career in healthcare. Life’s Bulldozer Moments chronicles three decades of healthcare industry changes, and includes Tramuto’s ten principles of leadership. “Life’s Bulldozer Moments demonstrates the power of harnessing personal loss and adversity to drive professional success and the power of leveraging professional success to effect social change,” said Senator William H. Frist, M.D. of Tennessee. “Donato’s professional story illustrates the unpredictable trajectory of the healthcare industry over the past thirty years, while his personal experiences gave him an unwavering determination to succeed in business and to improve the lives of others.” In 2001, Tramuto launched The Tramuto Foundation, which will receive all proceeds from the sale of the book. The Tramuto Foundation was established in 2001 to help individuals and organizations achieve their healthcare and educational goals. To date, the Foundation has provided more than 30 grants and nearly 100 scholarships. Driven by a passion to share his success with others, Tramuto also created Health eVillages, an international charitable organization that has provided healthcare professionals with hundreds of state-of-the-art mobile medical devices to diagnose and treat patients in some of the most challenging clinical environments. The program, which is supported in partnership with Healthways, Inc. and Sharecare, Inc, has contributed to a reduction in infant and maternal mortality in developing countries. Tramuto has been widely recognized for his more than three-decade commitment to social change.  In 2014, he was honored, alongside Hillary Clinton, Robert DeNiro and Tony Bennett, with the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope award. “With this book, Donato Tramuto’s descriptive phrase, ‘life’s bulldozer moments,’ has entered the American lexicon,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “Donato’s message is simple and profound: material success in life and business is best used as a means to end suffering and create a more just and peaceful world.” Tramuto serves on several executive leadership boards, including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health, Livongo Health Foundation, Brown University Healthcare Leadership Board, Sharecare, Inc., and Safe Harbor Compliance and Clinical Development. For more information about the author and Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business, please visit: www.tramutofoundation.com. About Healthways, Inc. Healthways, Inc. is a leading provider of fitness and health improvement programs, with strong capabilities in developing and managing network solutions. Through its existing three networks, SilverSneakers® - the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, Prime® Fitness and Physical Medicine, Healthways, Inc. is focused on targeted population health for those 50 and over. With more than 13.5 million Americans eligible for SilverSneakers, over 10,000 fitness centers in the Prime Fitness Network, and approximately 30 years of clinical and operational expertise in the management of physical medicine benefits including chiropractic services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and complementary alternative medicine (CAM) services, the company touches millions of consumers across the country and works directly with hundreds of healthcare practitioners and many of the nation’s largest payers and employers. About Health eVillages Health eVillages is advancing healthcare collaboration and education by providing state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision-support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. Visit http://www.healthevillages.org/ for more information, and follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


News Article | November 30, 2016
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WASHINGTON & NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- World-leading analytics and advice firm Gallup, and global well-being improvement leader, Healthways, a Sharecare company, have released new research – part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series – that examines the incidence of diabetes in 190 U.S. communities and across all 50 states. Utah, Rhode Island and Colorado have the lowest incidence of diabetes in the nation, with less than 8% of their populations affected. Alabama and West Virginia have the highest rates, both with more than 16% of their residents reporting that they have been diagnosed with diabetes. Boulder, Colorado, Bellingham, Washington, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Provo-Orem, Utah are the communities with the lowest incidence of diabetes in the country. Boulder distinguishes itself as the only community in the Gallup-Healthways rankings with less than five percent of its population reporting a diagnosis of diabetes. Mobile, Alabama and Charleston, West Virginia place last of the communities ranked, with more than 17% of their respective adult populations having the disease. Per data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, the overall incidence of diabetes in the U.S. for 2016 year to date is 11.5%, a metric that has steadily increased from 10.6% in 2008, when Gallup and Healthways began tracking diabetes prevalence. Even more concerning, the rate of obesity, a key risk factor in the development of type 2 diabetes, has climbed by almost three percentage points since 2008, to reach 28.3% of the national population in 2016. “With almost a third of the U.S. population obese, we're in dire need of effective diabetes prevention and self-management programs,” said Lynn Prowitt, Editor in Chief of dLife, a health information and media platform for those with diabetes. Gallup-Healthways research confirms that the odds of developing diabetes are substantially greater among those who are obese compared to those who are not. Nationally, 21.2% of all obese individuals of any age report they have been diagnosed with diabetes compared to 7.4% of those who are not obese. “The prevalence of diabetes and obesity continue to increase dramatically. We have an epidemic on our hands,” said Steven Edelman, MD, Founder and Director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to diabetes education for patients and providers. “Even more alarming is that only half of people with diabetes are adequately controlling their glucose, a statistic that has not changed in 10 years despite a plethora of new and effective drugs and devices. All of our health care systems need to focus on education, motivation and activation.” Innovative hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers around the country have implemented diabetes management programs to counter these trends and help improve clinical outcomes for patients with diabetes. “With the alarming rise in prediabetes and diabetes, there is an urgent need for hospitals and health systems to redesign how they deliver and coordinate care for patients with diabetes,” added Darria Long Gillespie, MD MBA FACEP, Senior Vice President of Sharecare. “We’ve seen the biggest successes in diabetes programs that focus on managing outpatient metrics, achieving glycemic targets, shortening inpatient stays and reducing readmissions – and, importantly, ensuring patients have better control of their condition and a higher quality of life.” For more information and to access the complete State of American Well-Being: 2015 State and Community Rankings for Incidence of Diabetes report, visit www.well-beingindex.com/2016-diabetes-overview. In 2008, Gallup and Healthways initiated a 25-year partnership merging decades of clinical research and development expertise, health leadership and behavioral economics research to track and understand the key factors that drive well-being. Together, the partnership has built the world’s largest data set on well-being, with over 2.5 million surveys fielded to date. Launched that same year, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® provides unmatched, in-depth insight into the well-being of populations. Gallup conducts 500 telephone interviews a day with Americans to gather their perceptions of well-being for a resulting sample that projects to an estimated 95 percent of all U.S. adults. Gallup delivers analytics and advice to help leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 80 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of employees, customers, students and citizens than any other organization in the world. Healthways, a Sharecare company, is a global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one person at a time, the company uses the science of behavior change to produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans, communities and government entities. Learn more at www.healthways.com.


News Article | December 27, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Dec. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After kicking off 2016 and celebrating its fifth anniversary by ringing the NASDAQ closing bell, Health eVillages continued to make an impact on global health throughout the year. From funding and opening a new maternity wing at Lwala Community Hospital in Kenya, to adding two community partners in the USA and forging new collaborations with healthcare, human rights and mobile technology organizations, Health eVillages made a difference in the lives of those most in need. Founded in 2011, Health eVillages focuses on enabling safe and efficient medical care in the most challenging clinical environments through mobile healthcare technology. The organization provides mobile medical and training resources to healthcare professionals working in underserved communities in Haiti, East Africa, India and the U.S. and addresses healthcare challenges, including infant and maternal mortality, tropical diseases, preventive healthcare and well-being improvement. “When I look back on 2016, I will remember this as a year in which we made a profound difference in thousands of lives across the globe,” said Donato Tramuto, Healthways CEO and Health eVillages Founder and President. “During a life-changing visit to Kenya, I personally witnessed the impact Health eVillages has made in educating and arming community health workers with mobile technology filled with medical information they use daily to care for pregnant women, infants and children, and how access to this technology and information is saving lives.” Health eVillages launched a collaboration in July with Seed Global Health (Seed) to help overcome critical shortages of health providers and build strong, sustainable health systems by cultivating the next generation of local doctors and nurses. The Health eVillages and Seed collaboration focused on three nursing schools - Muni University and Lira University in Uganda and Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing in Liberia. Health eVillages donated and programed tablets with a unique array of resources to help Seed’s clinical team, the nurse educators, and faculty at the partner institutions address specific educational needs. In addition to serving as an education and training resource for the nurse educators and their colleagues during the next year, the Health eVillages tablets will remain as a resource for the partner academic institutions after the departure of the volunteers. “Health eVillages is an elegant solution to the chronic problem of difficulty getting access to textbooks and reference materials in Liberia. Students and faculty with the Anesthesia Program at the Phebe Paramedical Training Program and School of Nursing in Suakoko, Liberia, are delighted to not only have current texts, but also to be able to quickly and easily search for one topic through all texts at once with the tablet’s Omnio system. The portability of the such a vast array of books make it convenient for faculty to expand on impromptu teaching moments in the operating theater as an opportunity arises.  The apps allow students to watch procedure videos at the point of care for step by step guidance - like a personal tutorial session - and the additional memory capacity allows faculty to customize the tablets to this specific anesthesia program,” said Mary O’Sullivan, Seed volunteer in Liberia. In October, Health eVillages received an extremely generous donation of 200 iPads from PCS Wireless – the first shipment of a remarkable 1,000 iPad commitment. These iPads will help drastically cut the costs of the Health eVillages program and enable it to reach thousands of additional health care providers and the communities they serve around the world. Health eVillages has started deploying these devices, loaded with medical reference materials for training clinicians and educating patients to its partners in East Africa, Haiti and the United States. “After five years of responding to human rights and healthcare needs across the globe, we have learned it takes strong collaborative IQ and viable partnerships to truly make a difference,” said Tramuto. “I would like to thank PCS Wireless for their generous donation of 1,000 tablets. It’s awe-inspiring to know we will be able to save thousands of lives through this technology.” Five health care leaders who have made significant advances in improving access to care across the globe were honored at the Health eVillages Fifth Anniversary Celebration in February in New York City. The 2016 Heal-the-Villages Award winners each exhibited the spirit of Health eVillages through the leadership of significant healthcare initiatives. The 2016 honorees were Alex Gorsky, Patrick J. Kennedy, Wycliffe Omwanda, James Nardella and Jena Lee Nardella. In April, Tramuto and the core Health eVillages team traveled to Kenya to participate in the ribbon cutting for a new maternity wing at the Lwala Community Hospital. Funding for the wing came from dozens of individual donors to Health eVillages, including Tramuto’s own private foundation. The expansion offers increased access to high-quality healthcare throughout the year, including the peak malaria season. It also increases the hospital’s capacity to provide HIV-AIDS enrollment and care, family planning, maternal and child health services, adolescent sexual and reproductive health services, and other services that will contribute to an improved quality of life for the surrounding community. The new wing includes 12 patient beds, two exam rooms for outpatient visits, full separation of the well-child visit area from sick-patient areas, separate men’s and women’s in-patient wards, a pharmacy and new laboratory space with specialized rooms for blood drawing, sterilization and microbiology and a new space for HIV-AIDS counseling. Health eVillages began including the Safe Delivery app on mobile devices provided to clinical health workers who care for pregnant women. The app, developed by the Maternity Foundation, University of Southern Denmark and the University of Copenhagen, provides instructions for health workers attending to complicated deliveries and includes animated video guides on how to address problems such as prolonged labor, hypertension and maternal sepsis. The information is based on the World Health Organization’s clinical guidelines, and health workers using the app have access to a list of common drugs associated with childbirth, with information on recommended dosages and side effects. Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWAY) and Health eVillages launched an initiative to improve community health in underserved areas in February. The Health eVillages – Healthways Community Outreach Program focused on improving the quality of and access to care in the most challenging clinical environments, both in the U.S. and abroad. The first beneficiary of the Health eVillages – Healthways Community Outreach Program was Mercy Community Healthcare, a non-profit organization that provides quality healthcare to the underserved and uninsured in more than 30 counties in Middle Tennessee. The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) in Phoenix, Arizona, is the second beneficiary of the Health eVillages – Healthways Community Outreach Program.  FSL exists to improve the quality of life for adults and their caregivers and operates an integrated system of care that allows adults to age in place through their continuum of home and community-based health services. FSL serves more than 10,000 clients throughout Arizona. “I would also like to recognize and thank our existing and new partners, including Seed, Mercy Community Healthcare and the Foundation for Senior Living. In addition, we have exciting programs planned in 2017, including supporting Partners in Compassionate Care in South Sudan. I’m looking forward to the New Year as we continue to ‘heal the villages’ across the globe,” said Tramuto. Health eVillages collaborates to advance healthcare access and improve quality of care by providing state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision-support tools, as well as other resources, to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. Our partners include Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Seed Global Health, Global Impact, WelVU, Aptus Health, Healthways, Sharecare and more. You can find more information at http://www.healthevillages.org/ and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


News Article | November 23, 2016
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On December 7, 2016, Trapper Markelz will go beyond the hunt for Pokéballs, Jigglypuffs, and Pikachus and dig into the more complex dynamics of the Pokémon Go experience. In his talk titled “The Success of Pokémon Go and What Health Care Can Learn from It,” Markelz will discuss the mechanics that turn a player’s game world into one filled with exploration and reward, and how this translates into more exercise, improved social interaction, and heightened cognitive abilities for those who play. Markelz will also explore bigger questions about the relationship between health and games. What can we learn from this exciting combination of mobile tech, augmented reality, and gamification? What can we genuinely apply to health care experiences to boost engagement or population health impact, and what is best left to the games? He’ll discuss current trends and take a look toward the fascinating future of games and how we can harness their potential to improve wellness. He’ll also explain how gamification plays a central role in the design and development of MeYou Health interventions. These include Walkadoo, a walking program that saw a spike in participation with the release of Pokémon Go, and Daily Challenge, an intervention that promotes one small healthy action each day. About Trapper Markelz Trapper is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Boston-based MeYou Health. He has over 17 years of direct experience building consumer-facing digital products that leverage community and conversation. About MeYou Health MeYou Health was founded in 2009 as a subsidiary of Healthways, and spun out in 2016 with venture capital from Ballast Point Ventures and Blue Shield of California. MeYou Health delivers a turn-key, zero-maintenance digital wellness program with proven engagement and proven clinical effect to employer groups of any size. For all inquiries, please email info(at)meyouhealth.com.


News Article | December 6, 2016
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WASHINGTON and NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Older Americans living in Hawaii, Arizona and New Hampshire have the highest levels of well-being, according to the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being: State Well-Being Rankings for Older Americans.  The report ranking the well-being of older Americans in all 50 states is being released today by world-leading management consulting firm Gallup and global well-being improvement leader Healthways, a Sharecare company; and is presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab and SilverSneakers®. The 10 states with the highest well-being for older Americans are: The analysis is based on data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a definitive measure and empiric database of real-time changes in well-being both in the United States and throughout the world. The report is based on self-reported data from 115,572 interviews with individuals age 55 and older on topics which go beyond physical health to capture how Americans feel and experience the context of their day-to-day lives. The Well-Being Index creates a composite picture of well-being focused on the five elements of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. When looking at the five elements of well-being relative to older Americans, Hawaii leads the nation in three well-being elements for older Americans: purpose, community and physical well-being. This was similar to the 2014 results for older Americans, when Hawaii was first in community and physical well-being, and second in purpose well-being. Arizona leads the nation for social well-being for older Americans, while North Dakota leads in financial well-being. Gallup and Healthways research revealed that well-being gets better with age, and adults 55 and older have higher well-being than the rest of the population across all five elements, outscoring the younger population by a sizable margin. The report also noted other positive trends for older Americans, including better access to healthcare compared to those under 55 and a greater likelihood of having health insurance and a personal doctor. In addition, older Americans eat more fresh produce, smoke less, and their levels of worry and stress substantially decline beginning at age 65. However, older Americans exercise less and have higher cholesterol, highlighting the importance of targeted programs to keep older Americans active. “This analysis of well-being across all age groups paints a powerful picture of the important link between the physical and social aspects of well-being, especially for older Americans,” said Dr. Sheri Pruitt, PhD, Vice President and Chief Behavioral Scientist for SilverSneakers Fitness. “These findings resonate with the outcomes we see in our SilverSneakers Annual Participation Survey. Our assessment shows that older Americans report that they exercise more, are in good physical and mental health, have a lot of energy and acknowledge the positive impact socialization and camaraderie play on their personal fitness, underscoring the significant role that programs like SilverSneakers have in improving the quality of life for older Americans.” “People in the United States are now living significantly longer than prior generations, a trend that stands to continue,” said Joseph F. Coughlin, director and founder of the MIT AgeLab. “As a nation, we must improve upon advances in well-being while developing new strategies to help Americans age well and thrive in later life.” To access the complete report, “State of American Well-Being: 2015 State Well-Being Rankings for Older Americans,” visit www.well-beingindex.com/2016-older-americans. Methodology These data are collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and are based on 177,281 total U.S. interviews, conducted from January 2nd to December 30th, 2015. For those age 55 and older, our sample size is 93,348 in 2015. Our state rankings analysis includes all of 2015, plus interviews that took place throughout the first quarter of 2016, and as such spans January 2nd, 2015 to March 31st, 2016, for a total sample size for those 55 and over of 115,572. Gallup conducts 500 telephone interviews a day with American adults, for a resulting sample that projects to an estimated 95 percent of all U.S. adults. The Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where zero represents the lowest possible well-being and 100 represents the highest possible well-being. Visit wbi.healthways.com to learn more. About the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index In 2008, Gallup and Healthways initiated a 25-year partnership merging decades of clinical research and development expertise, health leadership and behavioral economics research to track and understand the key factors that drive well-being. Together, the partnership has built the world’s largest data set on well-being, with over 2.5 million surveys to date of people and their perceptions of their well-being. Launched that same year, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® provides unmatched, in-depth insight into the well-being of populations. Gallup conducts 500 telephone interviews a day with Americans to gather their perceptions of well-being, for a resulting sample that projects to an estimated 95 percent of all U.S. adults. The Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest possible well-being and 100 represents the highest possible well-being. About MIT AgeLab The Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab conducts multidisciplinary research around the world to develop and inspire new ideas, policies, and technologies to enable 100 years of quality living.


News Article | November 17, 2016
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWAY) will participate in the 28th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference to be held November 29 - 30, 2016, in New York City. Donato Tramuto, Healthways chief executive officer, will participate in the conference at 8:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The discussion will be available live online and also for replay on the “Investors” section of the Company’s website, www.healthways.com. Please go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the discussion to download and install any necessary audio software.  About Healthways Healthways, Inc., (NASDAQ:HWAY), is a leading provider of fitness and health improvement programs, with strong capabilities in developing and managing network solutions. Through its existing three networks, SilverSneakers® - the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, Prime® Fitness and Physical Medicine, Healthways is focused on targeted population health for those 50 and over. With more than 13.5 million Americans eligible for SilverSneakers, over 10,000 fitness centers in the Prime Fitness Network, and approximately 30 years of clinical and operational expertise in the management of physical medicine benefits including chiropractic services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and complementary alternative medicine (CAM) services, the Company touches millions of consumers across the country and works directly with hundreds of healthcare practitioners and many of the nation’s largest payers and employers.


NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthways (NASDAQ:HWAY) today announced that Glenn Hargreaves, the Company’s longtime Chief Accounting Officer, has been appointed by the Healthways Board of Directors as interim CFO, effective immediately. Mr. Hargreaves succeeds Robert E. Dries, who resigned as Chief Financial Officer in mutual agreement with the Company. “On behalf of the Board and the executive leadership team, I thank Bob for his brief service as CFO. We respect his personal decision to step down, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Donato Tramuto, Healthways Chief Executive Officer. “Glenn has extensive experience in financial management, accounting and tax matters, and capital structure construction, including more than eleven years as a member of the Healthways finance team. We are confident in his ability to serve as our interim CFO. He has demonstrated excellent leadership and management capabilities in the process of building an outstanding finance team with our former CFO, Alfred Lumsdaine, and in leading the complex accounting work associated with the recent carve out of the total population health business. We have since made significant progress executing on our strategy and reorganizing our leadership team to align with our more focused Network Solutions business. Glenn will ensure we don’t skip a beat; the depth of his experience and knowledge are highly valued by the executive leadership team he now joins.” Glenn Hargreaves Biography Mr. Hargreaves has served in a variety of financial roles throughout his 27-year career. He joined Healthways in 2005, serving initially as Director of Tax before becoming Controller in 2011 and Chief Accounting Officer in 2012.  Prior to joining Healthways, he held tax leadership positions at publicly traded U.S. Oncology and Quorum Health Group, as well as spending five years with KPMG. Mr. Hargreaves holds both an M.Acc and B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee and is a certified public accountant. He will continue to be based in Franklin, Tennessee. About Healthways Healthways, Inc., (NASDAQ:HWAY), is a leading provider of fitness and health improvement programs, with strong capabilities in developing and managing network solutions. Through its existing three networks, SilverSneakers® - the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, Prime® Fitness and Physical Medicine, Healthways is focused on targeted population health for those 50 and over. With more than 13.5 million Americans eligible for SilverSneakers, over 10,000 fitness centers in the Prime Fitness Network, and approximately 30 years of clinical and operational expertise in the management of physical medicine benefits including chiropractic services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and complementary alternative medicine (CAM) services, the Company touches millions of consumers across the country and works directly with hundreds of healthcare practitioners and many of the nation’s largest payers and employers.


News Article | December 7, 2016
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There is an upside to aging: Older Americans tend to be happier, according to a new poll. In the poll, from Gallup-Healthways, older adults in the United States scored higher on a survey of well-being than did their younger counterparts. On average, adults ages 55 and older scored 63.6 out of 100 on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2015, which is 3 points higher than the average score of adults younger than 55, Gallup-Healthways said. [7 Things That Will Make You Happy] Gallup-Healthways calculated this well-being score based on participants' answers to questions about different aspects of well-being, including how they rated their sense of purpose, social relationships, financial lives, community involvement and physical health. As Americans get older, they tend to report greater satisfaction with their standard of living and increased financial stability, as well as less worry and stress, the survey found. For example, in 2015, 40 percent of Americans ages 18 to 54 said they were worried about money, compared with 25 percent of Americans ages 65 and older, the survey showed. In addition, 45 percent of Americans ages 18 to 55 reported feeling stress, compared with 20 percent of those ages 65 and older. Although adults ages 55 to 64 reported higher rates of obesity and depression than younger adults, those people ages 65 and older reported lower rates of these conditions. The poll also ranked well-being among older adults in all 50 states. The state with the highest well-being among older adults in 2015 was Hawaii, where adults ages 55 and older achieved a well-being score of 67, on average. The runners-up were Arizona, New Hampshire and North Dakota, where older adults scored 65.2, on average, in each state. [ Best & Worst States for Older Adults' Well-Being: The Full List] On the flip side, West Virginia had the lowest well-being score among seniors, with older adults in that state scoring 59.9, on average. Also near the bottom were Kentucky, Oklahoma and Ohio, where older adults had well-being scores of 61.2, 62 and 62.5, respectively. The findings are based on interviews with more than 177,000 U.S. adults, including more than 93,000 adults ages 55 and older, in all 50 states, Gallup said.


Hawaii remains the home of the happiest and healthiest people in the United States. A Gallup poll revealed that the Aloha State got the highest score of well-being, followed by Alaska and South Dakota. In 2016, residents of Hawaii had the highest score on Gallup-Healthways' annual survey of well-being with a score of 65.2 out of 100, marking the sixth time that the state topped the poll since Gallup-Healthways started conducting it in 2008. No other state in the United States has accomplished this feat. Hawaii residents reported having little daily stress and low obesity rate. They also eat lots of produce, exercise regularly, and feel safe where they live. "Hawaii has had a heck of a run," said Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index research director Dan Witters. "They do a lot of things right there. They take good care of themselves. They do the blocking and tackling of physical wellness really well." Alaska, which came in second in the poll, was also second runner-up in 2015. Other states that made it to the top of the annual survey include South Dakota, Maine, and Colorado. The rankings are based on interviews involving more than 177, 000 adults in 50 states. They survey was conducted between January and December 2016. The well-being scores were based on the participants' answers to questions that pertain to different aspects of well-being such as social relationships, sense of purpose, financial lives, physical health, and community involvement. States with the lowest well-being scores include Rhode Island, Louisiana, Alabama, Ohio, Arkansas, Indiana, and Oklahoma. Kentucky and West Virginia have been at the bottom spots of the list for eight years now. In a statement, Gallup said that well-being appears to have a regional pattern. States in the northern Plains and Mountain West were more morely to have higher well-being scores compared with states in the South and the industrial Midwest. Florida albeit in the South, however, is twelfth on the list and Nevada, although in the West, has a lower well-being score than its neighboring states. While 2016 is popularly being described as the worst year ever, the poll revealed that the overall well-being of Americans improved slightly. The country's average well-being score in 2016 was 62.1, which is higher than the 61.6 score in 2015 and 61.6 score in 2014. Gallup-Healthways said that among the factors that influenced the well-being of Americans are the rise in the percentage of people with health insurance in 2016 and a reduction in the percentage of people who smoke. "Improvements in well-being at the national level are driven by improvements at the state and local levels," Gallup said in a statement. "States like California, Texas and Florida have had much stronger showings in the last few years, demonstrating that improvement over time is possible." Despite these improvements, some markers of well-being also declined in 2016. The percentage of Americans with diabetes and obesity, for instance, increased and the percentage of those diagnosed with depression hit its highest level since the the Gallup and Healthways Well-Being Index started. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

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