The Well-Being Journal

Keys to Longevity: Environment & Community

Jennifer Rudloff

Internationally recognized explorer and New York Times best selling author Dan Buettner has traveled the world in search of the worlds best practices in health, longevity, and happiness. In this video series, Dan Buettner shares bits of wisdom that provide the keys to living happier and healthier longer.

Dan is putting his findings to work. Since January 2009, Buettner has led a successful project in Albert Lea, Minnesota which has helped to implement environmental and social changes that improve quality of life and life expectancy. In March 2010, Healthways entered into a strategic partnership with Buettner's Blue Zones to ignite and lead a broad scale, city-by-city movement to create healthier, happier, and more productive citizens. We immediately got to work, and in December we launched the Healthways | Blue Zones Vitality City initiative in The South Bay Beach Cities of Los Angeles. And today, Iowa Governor Terry Branstand announced the Blue Zones Project as a significant part of Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative.

How does your community contribute to your well-being?

Topics: Healthy Living Well-Being Dan Buettner Health Community Vitality City Longevity Wellness Healthways Happiness Blue Zones Project

Secrets to Success for Workplace Wellness Programs

Jennifer Rudloff

As companies begin to look for ways to reduce costs and improve the engagement and productivity of their people, many organizations turn to workplace well-being programs for the solution (and for good reason). In this video blog John Harris shares some secrets to success around creating the culture of well-being necessary to create and sustain successful wellness initiatives.

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Topics: Healthy Living work Workplace Well-Being Business Performance Health Competitive Advantage Health in the Workplace Wellness Culture Secret to Success Wellness Program Leadership Occupational Health

Stress in the US: The Well-Being of American Women

Jennifer Rudloff

Recently Healthways and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® were featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. The story titled 'Most Stressed Out' in U.S.? Middle-Aged Women Have Lowest Well-Being, Study Finds focused on the well-being of America’s baby boomer women. These women are balancing the demands of a career, supporting their children, taking care of their aging parents, and finding time for their husbands. These super women really are doing it all but it's taxing on their own well-being.

In conjunction with this broadcast, Nikki Duggan, Director of Well-Being Strategy at Healthways was interviewed and provided an analysis of the data on the theme of “Caregivers: The Well-Being of American Women Ages 45-64.”

Talk about the latest study from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®:

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What were the major findings from this study?

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Is there anything else you'd like to share about this study?

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What can these women do to improve their well-being?

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What's the biggest thing you'd like to note about the Well-Being Index?

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Some Surprising Facts about Caregivers:

  • More than 1 in 6 American workers also act as caregivers
  • Caregiving costs the U.S. economy $25.2 Billion in lost productivity
  • The majority of caregivers say caregiving has at least some impact on their performance at work
  • Annually, 126,222,624 workdays are lost among full-time workers because of caregiving
  • 72% of caregivers say they provide care for a parent
  • 67% say the person is 75 years of age or older
  • The majority (55%) of caregivers said they'd been providing care for 3 or more years.
  • 31% reported care between 1 and 3 years
  • On average, caregivers spend 13 days per month shopping, preparing food, housekeeping, doing laundry, providing transportation, and giving medication.
  • On average, they spend 6 days per month helping the family member/friend they're caring for to eat, dress, groom, walk, bathe, and visit the toilet

These and other facts can be found in a series of articles at gallup.com

Topics: Healthy Living ABC World News Well-Being In the News Well-Being Index Stress Baby Boomers Wellness Healthways Caretakers

The Interconnectivity of Well-Being

Jennifer Rudloff

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To learn more about the domains of well-being and how they're connected check out
Well-Being Defined

For more on the Well-BeingIndex, visit www.well-beingindex.com.

Topics: Healthy Living Well-Being Well-Being Index Wellness Connected: The Surprising Power of Social Networks Healthways Well-being Assessment