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Healthy cities see less heart attacks

Metropolitan areas with higher well-being see less adults having heart attacks, according to findings in a recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

The factors considered for the study include life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. 

The top 10 areas with highest well-being index saw only 2.8% of adults reporting having had a heart attack, compared to 5.5% in the lowest well-being areas - almost double.

For more, read the Gallup story.


Gallup: obesity rate inches up

Good and bad news from a recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Snapshot regarding adult obesity.

The good news: through June 20, there was a slight decline in the percentage of Americans who were considered overweight, 35.6% from 36.1% in 2012. 

The bad news: the obesity rate moved up from 26.2% in 2012 to 27.1% so far this year.

For more on the Gallup Snapshot, click here.


U.S. losing more than $80 billion in productivity due to obesity

Obese workers in the United States who have missed work due to their condition has cost companies $84 billion in lost productivity, according to a Gallup Poll.

More than 94,000 people who work at least 30 hours a week were polled from Jan. 2 to Sept. 10, 2012. Conditions taken into consideration included overweight and obese, diagnosed with a heart attack, diabetes, depression, high cholesterol, cancer, asthma and high blood pressure, or having physical pain.

For more, visit the Gallup website.


Poll: Less Americans exercising 

A new Gallup poll shows the number of Americans who are exercising for at least 30 minutes a day three times a week has gone down every month in 2013, compared to the same months in 2012. That is a complete turnaround from 2011 to 2012 when there were increases monthly.

The positives to take out of the poll is that 2012 was a great year with the best numbers in many years. And, all across the country there were record low temperatures and even snow into May, whcih could be a factor for the first four months of 2013.

For more on the Gallup poll, click here.


Poll: Americans exercising more than past years

August saw more people exercising than past years, according to a Gallup and Healthways poll. That makes it seven of the eight months in 2012 with increases over the same months in the previous four years. 

Gallup and Healthways asked 1,000 adults how many days in the past week they exercised at least 30 minutes. More than half of those polled in August (54.7%) replied that they exercised frequently – at least 3-4 days in a week. 

Those numbers bode well for overall gym usage for 2012. According to IHRSA reports, health club usage reached an all-time high in 2011 with an average of 102.5 visits per year. And the number of "core" members – those who use the club at least 100 times a year - grew by 17.6% from 2008-2011. There were 20.5 million core members in 2008, 24.1 million in 2011.  

"IHRSA's Health Club Consumer Report indicates that an increasing number of members have exercised frequently at health clubs over the past few years,” said Melissa Rodriguez, IHRSA Senior Research manager. “As hubs of physical activity, health clubs provide the amenities and support many need to exercise on a consistent basis and reap the rewards of regular activity." 

For more on the Gallup and Healthways poll, click here.

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