Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index™

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index™ has been developed to provide the official measure for health and well-being. It's the voice of Americans and the most ambitious effort ever undertaken to measure what people believe constitutes a good life.

Over the next 25 years, the Well-Being Index will collect and measure the daily pulse of the nation's well-being and provide best-in-class solutions for a healthier world. By helping Americans understand how work impacts life and health and conversely how life affects work and health, we can work together to improve well-being for a better way of life.

Partnering to Improve Well-Being

In a historic partnership for American health transformation, Gallup and Healthways are providing a new national daily pulse of individual and collective health and well-being, as well as solutions for a healthier America.

On January 2, 2008, Gallup and Healthways formed an unprecedented 25-year partnership merging decades of clinical research and development expertise, health leadership and behavioral economics to understand the key factors that drive well-being. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is the result of both companies' commitment to transform healthcare by advancing the world's understanding of well-being and its impact on our lives.

The Gallup-Healthways collaboration draws on diverse backgrounds and achievements of individuals that include published researchers and scientists specializing in employee engagement as well as industrial and organizational psychology; a Nobel Prize winner in economic sciences whose research pioneered behavioral economics; leaders specializing in the discipline of health and care support interventions; and the inventor of an economic model that establishes a direct correlation between human nature in the workplace, employee engagement and business outcomes.

About the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provides a comprehensive, real-time view of the public's well-being in the United States, giving governments, health plans, employers and communities unmatched insight into the health and prosperity of their populations. The Well-Being Index is today's "voice of the people" and the most ambitious effort ever undertaken to measure what it is that people believe constitutes a good life, who is feeling good about life, and who is in need of a helping hand.

With the goal of providing the world's most up-to-date measure of individual and collective health and well-being, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index tracks the well-being of U.S. residents 350 days out of the year interviewing no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day.

The Well-Being Index also aligns with Healthways' care and support solutions to help people maintain and improve their health. With measures that reflect Americans' evaluations of their day-to-day lives as well as their daily emotional and physical experiences both at work and at home, Gallup and Healthways are now able to provide an unprecedented view and understanding of public well-being in the United States.

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