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Iowa Ranks #16 in Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® 2011 Report

Official Measurement Tool of Iowa Healthiest State Initiative Reveals Moderate Shift in Overall Well-Being

February 28, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN  (Feb. 27, 2012) Healthways (Nasdaq: HWAY) today announced Iowa ranks #16 of the 50 states in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® (WBI) 2011 report on well-being in the United States. The WBI is a daily survey and measures six key aspects of Americans’ well-being: life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors, work environments and basic access. Iowa increased 0.5 points in overall well-being in 2011, moving from #19 to #16 in the US state rankings.


The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is the official measurement tool of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, the nation’s first statewide comprehensive well-being improvement program. This business-led, government-endorsed effort is expected to help Iowans live longer, healthier and more productive lives, while also enabling the state to redirect billions of dollars currently spent on healthcare to efforts that will further grow the state’s economy. The Healthiest State Initiative is designed to help Iowa become the number one ranked state for well-being within five years as measured by the WBI.


A centerpiece of Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative is the Blue Zones Project, a collaborative effort between Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® and Healthways. The Iowa Blue Zones Project represents the largest community well-being improvement initiative ever launched. The project is based on Blue Zones principles gathered from places around the world where people naturally live longer, happier, and more productive lives with lower rates of chronic disease and a higher quality of life.


Following is a summary of 2011 movement in Iowa in the six well-being domains measured by the Well-Being Index:

  • Life Evaluation: 48.9, a decrease of 0.4 points from 2010;
  • Emotional Health: 81.1, an increase of 0.4 points from 2010;
  • Physical Health: 78.3, an increase of 0.3 points from 2010;
  • Healthy Behavior: 62.3, an increase of 0.1 points from 2010;
  • Work Environment: 48.4, an increase of 1.7 points from 2010;
  • Basic Access: 85.4, an increase of 0.9 points from 2010.

View the full 2011 US State of Well-Being report as well as the 2011 Iowa State of Well-Being report.


About the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®

Gallup and Healthways conducted more than 353,000 surveys between January and December 2011. The WBI, which has been polling 1,000 Americans per day, 350 days a year, evaluates six key areas of well-being in an effort to better understand the overall state of well-being in the US. Approximately 1.5 million surveys have been collected since polling began in January 2008, making the WBI the largest database of behavioral economics and information concerning holistic well-being in existence. The WBI is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where a score of 100 represents ideal well-being.  


The core questions that make up the WBI survey were scientifically designed by some of the world’s leading experts in economics, psychology and health to thoroughly measure how respondents are faring in all aspects of their lives: physically, emotionally, socially and professionally, as well as to take a daily pulse of how Americans rate the overall quality of their current life and outlook for the future.


The data resulting from the WBI can be used to identify where communities are doing well and where communities are struggling to target policies and invest in initiatives to optimize well-being, improving the lives of people in America and reducing healthcare costs.


About Healthways

Healthways is the leading provider of specialized, comprehensive solutions to help millions of people maintain or improve their health and well-being and, as a result, reduce overall costs. Healthways’ solutions are designed to help healthy individuals stay healthy, mitigate or eliminate lifestyle risk factors that can lead to disease and optimize care for those with chronic illness. Our proven, evidence-based programs provide highly specific and personalized interventions for each individual in a population, irrespective of age or health status, and are delivered to consumers by phone, mail, internet and face-to-face interactions, both domestically and internationally. Healthways also provides a national, fully accredited complementary and alternative Health Provider Network and a national Fitness Center Network, offering convenient access to individuals who seek health services outside of, and in conjunction with, the traditional healthcare system. For more information, please visit 



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