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Moving beyond Wellness to Well-Being By CINDY SANDERS

For healthcare providers, the traditional focus has been on physical health and wellness. With value-based models and an emphasis on holistic care, however, attention has increasingly turned to an individual’s overall well-being. For the past decade, Gallup and Sharecare have harnessed powerful information from more than 150,000 annual surveys – with a cumulative database now in excess of 2.5 million surveys – to capture individual perspectives on daily life and assess the state of well-being in America. The “2017 State Well-Being Rankings,” released in 2018, showed last year was a challenging year for Americans’ well-being. While Alabama moved up from a ranking of 44 in 2016 to 38 in 2017, Dan Witters, who is research director for the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, noted the jump was less about improvement in Alabama and more about declines in other states. Alabama’s index score dropped very slightly from 61 in 2016 to 60.8 last year. However, there were significant declines in well-being in 21 other states. “It was easily the worst year-over-year change at the state level we’ve had over 10 years,” Witters said of the 2017 rankings. As a nation, the overall index score dropped from 62.1 in 2016 to 61.5 in 2017. In the report, Sharecare CEO and Founder Jeff Arnold noted, “The stark difference in our country’s well-being today versus just a year ago underscores the need to understand, assess Jeff Arnold

and nurture the health of our populations comprehensively and continuously.” Witters noted, “Physical health is one of the five elements of well-being, but it goes well beyond that.” He said the other drivers of overall well-being are social, purpose, financial and community elements. “Social well-being is the love you have in your life,” said Witters, adding it’s the energy you derive from supportive relationships. “Purpose well-being is an (CONTINUED ON PAGE 19)

Added Insights And for more insights on population health, download the 2017 Diabetes State and Community Rankings, which was released Nov. 13, 2018. Alaska, Colorado and Montana – each considered ‘well-being elite’ states based on overall well-being trends and rankings –measured the lowest prevalence of diabetes in the nation with less than 9 percent of their adult population being diagnosed with the disease in 2016-17. Conversely, West Virginia, which came in last in the 2017 WellBeing Index, had the highest rates of diabetes with 17.9 percent of adult residents reporting a diabetes diagnosis in 2016-17. Seven other states – all located in the South – reported diabetes diagnoses of at least 14 percent. Those states were South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama. The full report is available for download at WellBeingIndex. Sharecare.com.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: L. Clark Simpson, MD, FACS Alice Morgan, MD, PhD, FAAOA E. Scott Elledge, MD Sheldon Black, MD, FACS

Bruce Morgan, MD, PhD John Poynor, MD, FACS James T. O’Neil, MD Morton Goldfarb, MD, FACS Stephen Favrot, MD

Howard Goldberg, MD, FACS Jack Aland, MD, FACS Angela Blount, MD Peyton Colvin, MD Patrick Owens, MD (not pictured)

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