Entries in Physical Health (3)


Hawaii Is the Happiest State in the Nation, Survey Finds

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- If Hawaii’s sunshine and beautiful beaches aren’t enough to get you to travel to The Aloha State, perhaps the happiness of its citizens will do the trick.

Hawaii is the happiest state in the nation in 2011, according to a new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. America's 50th state ranked number one, followed by North Dakota and Alaska.  At the bottom of the list is West Virginia.

The Well-Being Index score is an average of several factors, including job satisfaction, physical health, emotional health, access to health care and community satisfaction.  Scores are calculated on an ascending scale of 0 to 100.  The Well-Being Index is based on surveys of more than 177,000 Americans conducted between January and June 2011.

Here are the 50 U.S. states in order of their well-being scores:

Hawaii: 71.1
North Dakota: 70.5
Alaska: 69.4
Nebraska: 68.4
Minnesota: 68.3
Colorado: 68.3
Utah: 68.1
New Hampshire: 67.9
Iowa: 67.9
Kansas: 67.8
Vermont: 67.8
Maryland: 67.8
Massachusetts: 67.7
South Dakota: 67.6
Virginia: 67.6
California: 67.5
Washington: 67.2
Oregon: 67.2
Montana: 67.1
Connecticut: 66.9
Arizona: 66.9
New Mexico: 66.8
Idaho: 66.7
Wisconsin: 66.6
Maine: 66.6
Texas: 66.6
New Jersey: 66.5
Wyoming: 66.5
North Carolina: 66.5
Rhode Island: 66.2
Illinois: 66.2
Georgia: 66.2
Delaware: 66.0
Nevada: 65.9
Pennsylvania: 65.8
Michigan: 65.8
South Carolina: 65.7
Florida: 65.4
New York: 65.2
Missouri: 65.1
Alabama: 65.1
Indiana: 64.9
Arkansas: 64.9
Oklahoma: 64.8
Tennessee: 64.7
Louisiana: 64.6
Ohio: 64.4
Mississippi: 63.6
Kentucky: 63.0
West Virginia: 62.4

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Researchers Link Overall Physical Health to Breast Cancer Recurrence

Photodisc/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Researchers in two studies found that a woman's physical condition, particularly body weight, does influence her chance of surviving breast cancer, according to Consumer Reports.

Both studies, presented this week at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting,  found instances of breast cancer recurrence after excessive weight gain or lack of physical activity.

In one study, Kaiser Permanente in Northern California looked at over 18,000 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.  Those who had gained more than 22 pounds within four years after diagnosis were 14 percent more likely to develop a cancer recurrence compared to women who maintained a weight within five pounds of their pre-diagnosis weight.  The patients who had gained weight also were 25 percent more at risk of dying of their cancer.

In the other study, researchers at the University of California-San Diego analyzed data on almost 9,400 early-stage breast cancer patients.  Their investigation found women with the lowest physical health scores were 27 percent more likely to either have their cancer return or for a new breast cancer to develop.

The studies are not conclusive. However, they do support the argument for healthier living in cancer patients.

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Gallup: Caregivers Suffer Poorer Physical Health

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Americans who work a full-time job and care for an elderly or disabled family member or friend, suffer from poorer physical health than those who work full-time but do not have caregiving responsibilities, according to results from a recent Gallup poll.

Caregivers, representing 16 percent of full-time workers in the American workforce, have a Physical Health Index of 77.4 -- significantly lower than the 83.0 found among non-caregivers.

As for overall well-being, Americans between the ages of 18 to 29 working full-time suffer the effects of caregiving more than any other group, the report stated.

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