Released in 2008, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG) is the first-ever publication of national guidelines for physical activity. The Physical Activity objectives for Healthy People 2020 reflect the strong state of the science supporting the health benefits of regular physical activity among youth and adults, as identified in the PAG. Regular physical activity includes participation in moderate and vigorous physical activities and muscle-strengthening activities.
The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index (Global Well-Being Index) is a global barometer of individuals’perceptions of their own well-being — those aspects that define how we think about and experience our daily lives. Well-being has been shown to correlate with metrics such as productivity and healthcare costs. The 10 questions that comprise the Global Well-Being Index and were fielded as part of the 2013 Gallup World Poll allow for comparisons of element-level well-being at the individual, social network, organizational (e.g., employer, health plan, patient population), city, state, country, and global levels. The index includes five elements of well-being purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. In this report, we categorize well-being results from the Global Well-Being Index as thriving, struggling, or suffering for each element, based on participants’ responses.
The Gallup-Healthways State of Global Well-Being 2014 Country Well-Being Rankings report provides an overview of global citizens’ well-being as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index. In 2014, our research includes more than 146,000 surveys in 145 countries and areas, and captures how people feel about and experience their daily lives. Our research shows that people with higher well-being have higher productivity, lower healthcare costs, are more resilient in the face of challenges and are more likely to contribute to the success of their organizations and communities.