SLO County among top 10 U.S. communities in well-being, report finds

newsroom@thetribunenews.comMarch 27, 2014 

San Luis Obispo County has been recognized as a leader once again — this time for its overall well-being in Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Report.

The index score is an average of six sub-indexes that measure life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities.

The county tied for sixth nationwide with Ann Arbor, Mich., and Naples-Marco Island, Fla., with a score of 70.4. But it received the highest work environment index score.

Provo-Orem, Utah, has the highest overall well-being score of 71.4.

The results are based on a survey of 189 communities in 2012-13.

In reporting the results, Gallup and Healthways quoted National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner in noting that communities can adopt tangible policies to "actively cultivate and improve residents’ well-being" — including making it easy "to walk to the store, bike to a friend’s house, get access to fresh produce."

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