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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Shows Lag in Healthy Behaviors

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Texas Health believes that people who experience higher overall well-being are healthier, contribute more to their communities and jobs, and have less financial impact on the health care system.

Texas Health and our strategic partner Healthways are working to enhance the well-being of individuals and communities. One of the measurements we’re using is the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

The well-being index is a composite score based on six domains of well-being that impact all parts of our lives. The domains reflect how we interact with our family and friends, how we perform at work, and how healthy we are physically.

The 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that the D-FW Metroplex has some bright spots but also has lots of room for improvement.

The Index ranks D-FW 61st in overall well-being out of 189 major metropolitan areas across the country. Texas ranked 27th among the 50 states.

Texas Health and physicians are using this information to help people become healthier and improve overall well-being.

To learn more about the Well-Being Index and how to improve your own well-being, visit

For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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