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Survey: Hawaii residents enjoy life and live healthier

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 09:16 p.m. HST, Feb 27, 2013


People in Hawaii are the happiest and healthiest in the nation, according to an annual national survey released Wednesday.

We even like work.

The 2012 Gallup Healthways Well-being Index ranked Hawaii as the top state in the nation for the fourth year in a row.

Among metropolitan areas, Honolulu metro area, from about Aiea to Hawaii Kai, ranked seventh in the well-being index among urban communities.

Hawaii residents reported the best sense of satisfaction with life, emotional health, and work environment. We ranked second in healthy behavior and physical health.  We ranked 14th, still in the top half of the nation, in basic access to food, shelter, healthcare and a safe and satisfying place to live.

The ranking is based on daily surveys conducted over the course of a year with more than 353,000 respondents. A little less than a thousand people were surveyed in Hawaii.

Generally states that rank high in the survey rate their lives better today and in the future; have better emotional health, including much lower clinically diagnosed depression and daily sadness; are in better health with lower obesity, blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol; enjoy their jobs more; smoke less and exercise more, according to Gallup and Healthways, a well-being improvement company that works on reducing healthcare costs.

Besides Hawaii, the top states in 2012 were Colorado, Minnesota, Utah and Vermont. The bottom states were West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas.

Online:

Gallup Healthways Well-being Index: http://hsalinks.com/XkzFef

Hawaii report: http://hsalinks.com/YB250I







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Dtab wrote:
WHERE DA HELL THEY GET THIS FROM, I STRESS OUT EVERYDAY JUST THINKING ABOUT THE HIGH COST OF LIVING HERE IN HAWAII!!!
on February 27,2013 | 06:02PM
Rapanui00 wrote:
You are correct and also Hawaii is the most racist state in the union - so much for the "Aloha Spirit!"!
on February 27,2013 | 06:09PM
serfboy wrote:
I beg to differ. I was born and raised in Hawaii; I still live here. I lived in Boston for about 6 years. As an Asian-American I have never been so overtly discriminated against, even here in Hawaii. Have you lived anywhere else? Are you from Hawaii?
on February 27,2013 | 07:04PM
IAmSane wrote:
MAYBE... JUST MAYBE... YOU DON'T REPRESENT ALL OF HAWAII.
on February 27,2013 | 08:53PM
goodday wrote:
I love it here
on February 27,2013 | 09:07PM
rayhawaii wrote:
That's why all these homeless and helpless and don't wanna work people move over here. Plus don't forget free food provided by those who believe what it says in feeding the hungry. Those words were for those where there is no work and no income and willing and able people standing in line for any job for a loaf of bread. So many homeless with plenty job opportunities who won't work cause why work when food is always ready at some near by park.
on February 27,2013 | 06:29PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Thats why were gonna have a sugar tax...cause were fat, dumb and lazy...
on February 27,2013 | 07:19PM
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