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Well-being survey reveals rankings of cities in Ohio
The Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index surveys people on factors including emotional health, fitness, and life evaluation
Story by BRIAN BULL


 
In The Region:
If you live in Provo, Utah, congrats on your community’s top ranking for U.S. quality of life and general well-being. But if you’re a resident of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area, the numbers tell a different story. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull breaks the news.
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The Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index surveys people on factors including emotional health, fitness, and life evaluation.

For 2013, Mahoning Valley residents ranked 175th out of 189. Under half routinely exercised, and nearly a third are obese.

“Definitely the Youngstown area seems to have more of a kinda `wait until something’s broke mentality’”.

Ronald Mangie is an Associate Doctor at Healthsource, a wellness center serving the region.

He says Youngstown’s economic hardships over the last few decades have affected resident’s well-being. But he says there can be improvement if people take initiative.

“It could be as simple as doing 30 minutes of exercise at home every day, to a full-instructed physical therapy-guided program in an office setting.  You don’t wait to change the oil in your car after the engine blows up.  You have to be preventative with anything, including your body.”

Mangie says people who are proactive tend to be in more positive mental, emotional, and physical shape.

Anchorage, Alaska ranked at the top of the Gallup index for fitness – 62 percent of residents there work out.  At the bottom was Lafayette, Louisiana, at roughly 43 percent.

Ohio overall ranked 46th in the quality of life index.
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