The index measures well-being. It reflects health, employment, education, and the local environment. In states with high well-being scores, residents were less likely to smoke and more likely to exercise regularly and learn new things every day. These states also enjoyed the positive outcomes of such behaviors, including lower obesity rates and other common health problems.
This is West Virginia's 5th consecutive appearance at #50. What is up with you West Virginians? States in the Southeast accounted for seven of the 10 states with the lowest well-being score in the nation. This trend has been fairly consistent. I wonder if it is a republican/democrat thing.
Do you have any theories as to what might be going on here? Is your state in the top or bottom?
Study source: http://goo.gl/d0rww5
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