Friday, August 22, 2008

Is Our Health Tied to the Economy?

FFH Note: What impact does the recent downswing of our economy play on our health? We found this article and thought you'd be interested to see what one group says. We were shocked to realize to learn as gas prices are going up, well-being goes down at the same rate. The data shows the same trend for when food costs go up as well.

Well- Being of Americans Declines as Economy Worsens

BUSINESS WIRE --Research released by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index last week points to a significant decline in overall well-being among all Americans over the past six months more than 123 million Americans are now estimated to be struggling or suffering. Those struggling outnumber those thriving for the fourth consecutive month.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is an ongoing, long-term measurement of personal well-being based on the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health as "not only the absence of infirmity and disease but also a state of physical, mental and social well-being." The Well-Being Index determines the correlation between the places where people work and the communities in which they live, and how that and other factors impact their well-being.

The survey of nearly 200,000 respondents between January and July shows that Americans well-being score has decreased 5.4 percent in the last six months and a shift of this magnitude is a significant reflection of the changing well-being of the American people. The report also reveals that the percentage of Americans who believe their standard of living is getting worse has increased from a 30.6 percent average in January, to a 42.2 percent average in July, which also coincides with the percentage decline of Americans who are thriving.

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