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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 | May 5, 2017
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Ms. Dennis most recently served as senior vice president for Health and Care Engagement at HealthPartners where she was responsible for the vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership for delivering an integrated and personalized experience for patients and members. In addition to her work at HealthPartners, Dennis has also served in leadership roles at Healthways/Tivity and Medica, and has held management positions in banking, commercial construction, and government service industries. The selection of Dennis completed the search process facilitated by Wheless Partners, a global executive search firm. During the interview process, a large prospect pool was narrowed in stages to a small group who interviewed with the board's CEO Search Committee, and then to a final round who met with board leadership. "Health care is in a state of constant flux," said Kim Mageau, member of Fulcrum's board and CEO Search Committee. "Fulcrum's role in transforming the health care industry away from a cost-per-transaction model into a new paradigm based on outcomes has never been more important. The board is confident Ms. Dennis will leverage her full breadth of industry experience to bring Fulcrum's conservative care model for physical medicine to the forefront as industry best practice.  Her strong leadership will ensure Fulcrum's ongoing growth and expansion." To learn more about Fulcrum, visit the new company website at www.fulcrumhealthinc.org. About Fulcrum Fulcrum Health, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that develops innovative and inspiring ways to leverage physical medicine that not only help lower health care costs, but also achieve better outcomes and increased patient satisfaction. The organization offers an array of physical health products and services including chiropractic, acupuncture, physical, occupational, speech, and massage therapy. For more information, visit fulcrumhealthinc.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fulcrum-board-selects-patricia-dennis-as-new-ceo-300452061.html


News Article | May 3, 2017
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The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the premier conference for the $3.7 trillion global wellness industry, released five trends shaping the future of Florida’s wellness market at a press conference held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, the site of the 11th annual Global Wellness Summit. The 2017 Summit theme, “Living a Well Life,” will put a spotlight on how the future of wellness will impact every aspect of an individual’s life. The GWS, which takes place October 9-11, will include keynotes from dozens of high-profile experts, including Dr. Richard Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, and draw 500+ delegates from over 45 nations to Florida. “Florida is a booming wellness market, and a real pioneer: for instance, it’s the uncontested world leader in developing new wellness communities and real estate concepts,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman & CEO. “Having the Summit back in the U.S. opens up unique opportunities for a dynamic, future-focused agenda - as we will hear from so many visionaries and entrepreneurs from the largest, most innovative wellness economy in the world.” “GWS delegates will walk away from this year’s Summit with a deep understanding and appreciation of how businesses can holistically embrace wellness and thrive,” said Paul Leone, CEO of The Breakers. Five Wellness Trends in Florida Note: a longer analysis of each trend, with Florida examples, can be found here. 1) Florida: World Leader in Wellness Communities & Lifestyle Real Estate Homes and communities designed for residents’ physical, mental, social and environmental health represent one of the fastest growing wellness markets: growing globally from $100 billion in 2013 to $119 billion in 2015 – and projected to jump to $153 billion by 2020. And Florida is the hands-down world leader: an experimental hotbed for wellness real estate concepts. One reason: Florida is the birthplace of New Urbanism (i.e., Seaside and Celebration), which emphasize design features like mixed use, walkability, traditional neighborhoods and transit-oriented development, paving the way for the broader concept of “wellness communities”. Another: the state experiences powerful population growth (from retirees to working people with families), driving constant creativity in new housing concepts. Florida has had shining examples of wellness communities for years, like “smart” wellness city, Lake Nona (Orlando), the most sophisticated example in the world of what master planning for wellness can accomplish. And Florida’s development pipeline is packed: from The District: A Life Well Lived (Jacksonville) to “farm and garden” wellness living developments like The Grow (Orlando). 2) “Conscious Travel”: A Destination’s Values to Increasingly Impact Consumer Choice The environmental values of businesses and hospitality properties have been impacting consumer choice for years. But a future trend – for Florida and the world – is how the human values of a business/property will matter more. The concept of “wellness travel” will no longer be confined to healthy guest programs, it will increasingly include how well the employees are treated or how much a property gives back. For instance, if it’s a disturbing paradox that most wellness resorts have not made worker wellbeing a priority, The Breakers, Palm Beach is a star counter-example: putting the wellness of their 2,000-strong workforce at the heart of everything they do – from an on-site green market to super-affordable child and elderly care on demand. 3) A Coming Wave of DNA, Personal Biomarker & Epigenetic Testing Over the next 5 years a flood of individual genetic tests, and more sophisticated personal biomarker and epigenetic tests, will hit Florida, rewriting how healthcare and wellness get done. The first wave of genetic tests, like 23andMe, returns pure probability data: you have X% more risk of developing certain health conditions. Critical info, but limited by nature, because it’s not our genes that most powerfully determine what diseases we get, but lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, stress and our environment. Enter the science of epigenetics: the analysis of how we turn our genes “on” and “off”, and the basis for a second wave of tests that measure dozens of personal biomarkers to identify what’s genetically modifiable. For instance, a new three-part test coming this year called Wellness FX combines a genetic test; comprehensive blood, body and biomarker diagnostics testing; and an intestinal biome test to deliver a 365-degree personal health profile. This coming tsunami of genetic/epigenetic tests are especially relevant, and a unique business opportunity, for Florida, because of the state’s largely aging population. New medical-wellness business models will arise around these tests, because the interpretation of results and subsequent “prescriptions” need to be overseen by medical professionals. 4) New Directions in Mental Wellness For decades, a physical health focus has dominated in the wellness industry, far overshadowing mental wellness. That ubiquitous industry term “mind-body” hasn’t been an equal marriage, and perhaps significantly less so in Florida with its “body beautiful” culture. But with a serious mental wellness crisis skyrocketing in Florida and globally (driven by everything from always-on work to social media fueling a loneliness epidemic), wellness resorts, spas, and fitness/wellness centers are suddenly ramping up “healthy mind” programming. And Florida’s new mental wellness offerings are so diverse: from new “integrative mental wellness” programs, like spas bringing in neuroscientists to the rise of “drop-in” meditation studios to a much more powerful focus on brain-boosting sleep; arts, creativity and dance; breathwork; and silence and unplugging. 5) The Science of Happiness New studies, like the World Happiness Report, are helping governments to dramatically expand the concept of wellbeing beyond GDP (“money”), including factors like healthy years of life expectancy, social support, trust and generosity. Each year, the studies indicate that beyond financial and physical health, a perception of “fairness” and mental wellness, are paramount for human happiness. Which is why poorer, unhealthier nations can rank happier than rich, healthy ones – and Northern European nations always hit it out of the park. The science of happiness has real momentum (the UAE has even recently appointed the world’s first Minister for Happiness), and the happiness movement has landed squarely in Florida: in March, the first World Happiness Summit was held in Miami. Already, Miami’s Mayor has set a goal to make Miami the happiest large city in the U.S. And according to Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing Index, several Florida metro regions are national leaders: Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island leads the entire nation in reported wellbeing for the second straight year, while North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton ranked sixth out of 189 American cities. The “science of happiness” will impact Florida’s wellness culture in diverse ways: from a bigger focus on social connection, positive psychology, mindfulness and building healthy communities to adding happiness workshops to employee wellness programs. For more info on the press conference or trends, contact Beth McGroarty: beth.mcgroarty(at)globalwellnesssummit(dot)com or 213-300-0107. For information about attending the 2017 Summit, visit: http://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/2017-summit/ About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. This year’s will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. 9-11, 2017.


The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome Mark Harrison Nolting, ND, Naturopathic Physician to their prestigious organization in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Dr. Nolting is a highly trained and qualified physician with an extensive expertise in all facets of his work, especially natural medicine, asian medicine (acupuncture), and bioidentical hormone replacement therapies. With over three decades of experience in his field, he is currently serving as the Medical Director within Edmonds Wellness Clinic in Edmonds, Washington, the premier destination for age management medicine (anti-aging), natural health care, and wellness strategies in Washington State. Additionally, Dr. Nolting serves as a Senior Medical Director of Physical Medicine at Healthways Inc., a position he has held for 15 years. Dr. Nolting gained his education at Bastyr University, and completed Asian Medicine residencies, training, and teaching in China. He is currently a certified BioTE (bioidentical hormone replacement) physician, and has earned the coveted title of Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics as well as the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Dr. Nolting strives to educate his patients in wellness and age management while offering effective natural therapies. Dr. Nolting stays current in his field by maintaining professional memberships with the Age Management Medical Group, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Washington East Asian Medicine Practitioners Association. Furthermore, he is a member of the editorial board of the (International) Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For his wealth of experience and knowledge, Dr. Nolting is a sought after international speaker on natural medicine, specifically age management and natural hormone (BHRT) topics. He attributes his success to his persistence and exposure to different cultures throughout his education, and in his free time, Dr. Nolting enjoys golfing, exercising, Tai Chi, walking his dog, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. Learn more about Dr. Norling here: http://www.iahcp.com/8134761.html and be sure to read his upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


News Article | December 12, 2016
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the Nashville Health Care Council and Fellows co-directors former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and health care economist Larry Van Horn, revealed the 2017 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The class of 31 senior executives from various sectors of the health care industry will address challenges facing the nation’s health care system and collaborate toward positive transformation. “The members of this and past Fellows classes are the ones who will shape the direction of the nation’s health care,” said Frist. “In this time of great change and uncertainty, it is more important than ever for leaders to come together to learn, collaborate and find solutions that will create a better, more efficient system in the years ahead. I look forward to our work together.” This is the fifth class to be named for this annual initiative. The members of the 2017 Fellows class are: Founded by the Nashville Health Care Council, the Fellows initiative is changing the way the industry meets today’s most critical health care challenges. The Fellows will meet for a two-day orientation retreat and eight full-day sessions to delve into new ideas to address the obstacles facing the U.S. health care system in years ahead. The annual initiative engages these top professionals to better implement business strategies, create value, drive growth and effect change. “Nashville’s health care industry has led the nation over the past 50 years, creating a diverse ecosystem where entrepreneurism thrives and collaboration is paramount,” said Hayley Hovious, Council president. “The Council is proud to convene such an impressive group of Fellows, who will combine their expertise and creativity to improve the delivery of patient care across the globe.” The comprehensive curriculum will address topics such as new care delivery models, consumerism, disruptive innovation, reimbursement shifts, population health management and globalization. “The Fellows initiative challenges these executives to think differently about the business of health care, and empowers them with the knowledge to transform the way they operate,” said Van Horn, a leading expert in health care management and economics, and professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. “I am proud to continue this meaningful dialogue and exploration, as we build a network of unmatched expertise through Fellows.” Fellows has an enduring impact on its graduates, and the alumni program ensures that members continue collaboration long after their graduation. Each graduating class joins a distinguished group of alumni already applying their Fellows experience in the field. “Through the Fellows program, my horizons have been expanded; the passion for improvement in health care is real,” said Anna-Gene O’Neal, CEO, Alive Hospice and 2015 Fellows graduate. The Council Fellows program is presented in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, HCA, Healthways, LifePoint Health and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. The Nashville Health Care Council is a premier association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Supported by nearly 300 corporate members, including local and national health care companies, the Council serves as a trusted source for information on trends that influence the health care industry. The organization provides members with one-of-a-kind networking opportunities and access to Nashville’s elite health care business community. Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than 500,000 jobs and $78 billion in annual revenue. The industry is Nashville’s largest and fastest-growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit www.healthcarecouncil.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 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 | October 28, 2016
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Healthways, founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Corporate Roundtable, today announced the release of this year’s report in the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series. The report focuses on heart attack survivors in 190 communities nationwide, analyzing the impact of heart disease on health and productivity outcomes. "These survey results highlight that heart attacks impact the very soul of our communities and their residents—attacking work life, family life, and mental health. We must appeal to communities to rapidly and intensively structure lifestyle programs to restore the well-being of their residents," said Cate Collings, MD, FACC, a cardiologist and board member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, emphasizing the urgent need to usher in a transformed approach to healthcare. Gallup-Healthways research shows that many people who have had a heart attack may not be making the lifestyle changes that could prevent or reverse further cardiac disease. “These data clearly show that having heart disease significantly impacts the quality of life, not just the length of it. But it doesn’t have to be that way—at least 95% of heart disease is preventable,” said Dean Ornish, MD, ACLM Board of Advisor member who was recognized by ACLM in 2015 as the Lifestyle Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award winner. “When individuals make comprehensive lifestyle changes—eat well, stress less, move more, love more – they are able to prevent and even reverse their condition.” Dr. Ornish helped pave the way for lifestyle medicine to become the foundation of a transformed system of healthcare delivery—one focused on value and outcome. His 1990 landmark study, published in The Lancet, Can Lifestyle Change Reverse Coronary Heart Disease?, concluded that heart disease could be reversed without drugs or surgery. In another paper titled Mostly Plants published in 2009 by The American Journal of Cardiology, Dr. Ornish chronicled evidence concluding that good nutrition – specifically a heavily whole food, plant-based dietary lifestyle – can halt and reverse the progression of even severe coronary artery disease, also treating hypertension, obesity, cholesterol and diabetes – some of the leading causes of premature death in this country. “Many people tend to think of breakthroughs in medicine as new drugs, lasers, or high-tech surgical procedures,” said Ornish. “They often have a hard time believing that the simple choices can be as powerful as drugs and surgery, but they often are—sometimes, even better.” ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE ACLM is the professional medical association for those dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable healthcare system. More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanizing force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting its members in their individual practices and in their collective desire to domestically and globally promote Lifestyle Medicine as the first treatment option, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identify and eradicate the cause of disease. Join today at http://www.lifestylemedicine.org. ABOUT HEALTHWAYS 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 http://www.healthways.com.


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.


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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