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North Texas Ranks Third for Overall Well-Being among Nine State Metro Areas

2012 Well-Being Index State Rankings

Well, the results are in … and when it comes to well-being, North Texas and the rest of the Lone Star State have some room for improvement.

The new 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index report, based on more than 350,000 phone surveys last year to adults around the U.S., ranks the Dallas-Fort Worth area 61st in overall well-being out of 189 major metropolitan areas across the country. Among nine major metropolitan areas in Texas, Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth ranked third in overall well-being, behind Austin and El Paso and ahead of Houston and San Antonio.

As a state, Texas ranked 27th out of all 50 states in overall well-being, ahead of neighbors Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma but behind states like New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas.

“What’s important is to look at these numbers and begin the dialogue about how we become healthier not just in terms of lack of disease but in improving our physical, mental and social well-being,” said Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources. “We believe that people with higher well-being aren't simply healthier. They contribute more to their communities, and they’re more productive at work. They also have lower health care costs.”

To improve the well-being of residents throughout North Texas, a major initiative was recently launched by Texas Health to engage Metroplex residents in improving their well-being, one step at a time. A key component of this initiative is the Daily Challenge, which encourages North Texans to participate in small challenges every day to improve their well-being and to share their experiences with family and friends. More than 90,000 challenges have already been completed this year alone.

See the full well-being index report.

For more tips on small, healthy changes you can make, visit TexasHealth.org/Well-Being.

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