Bowdeya Tweh reports:
Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana may have one thing in common and it’s not good, according to results from a Gallup survey released last week.
The well-being of people in the states lags behind the national average and are among the lowest in the country.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index said Kentucky residents rated their state next to last at No. 49, Ohio was No. 44 and Indiana was No. 42. The ratings were 62.7, 64.6 and 65.1, respectively for the three states.
At the national level, the average well-being rating was 66.7 last year, up from 66.2 a year earlier. Gallup said that despite improvements in the national economy, the well-being scores in 2012 remained on par with ratings since 2008.
The Well-Being Index represents information gathered from surveys of residents in each state. Surveys ask people to evaluate their life, physical and emotional health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic access to things such as food, shelter and health care. Nearly 21,400 people were surveyed in the three states.
The composite score is an average of the scores from the six categories.
Among the states, Hawaii had the highest well-being score and West Virginia had the lowest rating.
For more information about survey results, visit www.well-beingindex.com.
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