The release of the 2015 well-being index produced by Gallup-Healthways reports overall positive trends from the past year. The trends include:

  • Uptick in financial well-being
  • Decline in the uninsured rate
  • Decline in smoking (the lowest rate since 2008)
  • Increase in reported exercise
  • Declines in both food and health care insecurity
  • High level of life evaluation- how Americans rate and perceive their lives

More than 2.3 million surveys were captured from people across the U.S. on how they feel about and experience their daily lives. This data is important to capture as it is known to correlate with health care utilization and cost and productivity measures (absenteeism, presenteeism and job performance), which is all critical to organizations. The data captured provides a view of five elements:

  1. Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  2. Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life
  3. Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  4. Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
  5. Physical: Having a good health and enough energy to get things done

2015 Results

  • Wisconsin Ranks 13: Wisconsin lands in the second quartile of results for 2015 which jumped up five rankings from 2014.
  • Iowa ranks 14: Iowa falls in the second quartile of results, improving two rankings from 2014.
  • Illinois Ranks 35: Illinois lands in the fourth quartile of results, jumping up one ranking from 2014

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