HWAY: Status Quo on U.S. Well-Being - Analyst Blog

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Healthways ( HWAY ), the well-being enhancement company, and statistical research services provider Gallup recently announced the results of the monthly Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ("WBI") for November 2011. The overarching WBI measure remained stagnant at a score of 65.8.

The Life Evaluation Index moved up to 47.7 from 46.8 in October. About 3.9% of Americans reported they were suffering while 51.6% stated they were thriving, which represents the high point in the past 4 months.

The Healthy Behaviors Index dropped to 62.6, which is the lowest score for the month of November since November 2008. This score shows a change in healthy behavior as the holiday season approaches. The percentage of participants who exercised for half and hour, for a minimum of 3 days in the prior week, fell to 49.8%, down 2.4% from October. The proportion of Americans who consumed a minimum of 5 servings of vegetables and fruits, for a minimum of 4 days in the prior week, fell to 54.7%.

The Basic Access Index did not fare well for the third consecutive month and recorded a score of 81.7. The proportion of Americans who reported that they could comfortably procure fresh vegetables and fruits stood at 90.7%.

Among the other indices, the Work Environment Index dropped marginally to 47.2 in November. The drop was mainly on account of a fall in working relations with the boss. The Physical Health Index stood at 76.6 in November, on account of seasonal patterns. Respondents with flu or a cold went up to 2.6% and 8.4%, respectively.

The Emotional Health Index stood at 79 for November 2011, with 59.1% of Americans saying that they were free from stress for a good part of the previous day

Healthways is a prominent vendor of specialized and composite solutions, enabling recipients to maintain or improve their well-being, while consequently reducing systemic healthcare costs. The company's solutions are intended to keep people healthy and mitigate lifestyle risk factors that can cause disease and optimize care for those with chronic illness. Healthways competes with Express Scripts ( ESRX ) among others.

Gallup is known for providing timely and pertinent research on opinion. The company employs scientists in disciplines, such as economics, sociology, management and psychology. Its consultants identify and monitor behavioral economic indicators on a worldwide basis, thereby enabling companies to increase organic growth.

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