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Monday, October 19, 2009

Why We Measure and Report Well-Being

For our hardcore political readers, the word "well-being" at the top of the new Gallup.com might prompt a little head scratching. What does Gallup -- best known for the methodological rigor of its public opinion polls -- know about well-being?

The answer is a lot. Since January 2008, we have been calling 1,000 Americans a night to ask them dozens of questions about their lives, their jobs, their physical and emotional health, and their health behaviors. Our motivation is the same as it is for our politically-minded polling: before leaders can unearth the right solutions, they must first understand the true nature of the problem. By creating a precise, empirical measure of Americans' health and well-being, we can discover concrete ways to make individual lives better and longer, while also reducing the burden on our healthcare system, our cities, and our nation.

Imagine figuring out what makes people live longer and applying that knowledge to increase life spans. Bestselling author Dan Buettner did exactly that and tells us how.

Imagine figuring out exactly who is most susceptible to the flu this season and targeting vaccine shots accordingly. We've got that, too.

Imagine figuring out how many adults are without health insurance, and tracking how the numbers change in near-real time with the recession. We're on it.

Imagine figuring out which types of jobs improve well-being -- physically, emotionally, and overall? It's here.

There are more discoveries where these came from -- we're just getting started. Over the next month, we will publish new insights on diabetes, depression, and other chronic conditions.

The truth is that we have just begun to tap the potential of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Gallup and Healthways are committed to collecting, researching, and reporting the data for 25 years. Our goal is to help leaders use the data to find solutions that actually work. So our question to you is this -- what do you need to know?

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