Beyond Measure: What The Worlds Largest Wellbeing Data Set Can Tell Us.

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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 definition of health as described by the World Health Organization is “not only the absence of infirmity and disease, but also a state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing.” In an unprecedented move, Gallup and Healthways have partnered to build the world’s largest well-being data set from more than 2 million conversations with U.S. adults. In their words, “what we’ve learned about Americans’ well-being is so compelling that we’ve extended our reach globally, with more than 130,000 additional conversations in 134 countries and areas, to create a comprehensive global data set of well-being information.

Now leaders around the world can have a truly global picture of well-being, to measure and compare the elements that comprise well-being, the relationships between well-being and other population metrics, and the impact of well-being improvement initiatives. These global insights present an unparalleled opportunity to address critical needs on a scale never possible before. By looking comprehensively at populations’ wellbeing, we can realize sustainable lifestyle improvements, stronger communities, and significant cost savings.”

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