In an unprecedented partnership for American health transformation, Gallup and Healthways are providing a new national daily pulse of individual and collective health and wellbeing, as well as solutions for a healthy America.
The projected cost of American healthcare by 2017 has been estimated at over $4 trillion. At least 50% of these costs will be due to preventable disease, including diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and strokes. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index will be the largest collection of data related to the health and wellbeing of large populations ever assembled. This information will lead community leaders, policy makers, and employers to make decisions positively affecting the health and wellbeing of millions of people.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is designed to be the Dow Jones of health, giving a daily measure of people's wellbeing at the close of every day. With a daily measure, determining the correlation between the places where people work and the communities in which they live, and how it impacts their wellbeing, is now possible. Additionally, the index will increase an understanding of how those factors impact the financial health of corporations and communities.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a unique partnership in research and care, began in January 2008, and surveys 1,000 Americans every day. The research and methodology underlying the Well-Being Index is based on the World Health Organization definition of health as "not only the absence of infirmity and disease, but also a state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing."