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Honolulu’s well-being second-best in U.S.

    20141217-6943 WDA EXERCISE This is an exercise class taught by personal trainer Eric Nakayama at Waialae Beach Park. Participating are (front to back) Bianca Gross, Tamara Uhr (red visor), Sandy Loomis (turquois), Erin Choy, (gray), Shiela Hedrick (pink), Lori Untermann (yellow), Amy Yosaifis and Colleen Heyer. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. DEC. 17, 2014.

The seventh annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Community Rankings Report places Honolulu at No. 2 in the U.S., behind top-ranked North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton market in Florida.

In addition to physical health, the study reviews Americans’ feelings on topics spanning a person’s sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security and relationship to one’s community.

Honolulu placed ahead of third-ranked Raleigh, N. Carolina, and No. 4, Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif., while El Paso, Texas completed the top five.

The rest of the top 10, in order, are  Austin-Round Rock, Texas, Provo-Orem, Utah, No. 8 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., the metro area comprising Wash., D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, Va. and parts of Maryland and West Va., and at No. 10, Winston-Salem, N. Carolina.

The worst-ranked U.S. market for well-being is Youngstown-Warren-Boardman in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The Gallup-Healthways study ranks Honolulu higher than does the report released Monday which placed it as the eighth-healthiest city in the U.S.

Residents in communities with high well-being are more likely to learn new and interesting things; to exercise more regularly and are more likely to be proud of their community, the study found, adding that improving well-being has been shown to reduce healthcare costs and increase worker productivity.

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