Monday, March 18, 2013

2012 Well-Being Index

Gallup and Healthways produce an annual report on the Well-Being of each of the 50 U.S. states, their respective communities and each of the 435 U.S. congressional districts.

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (WBI) is an average of six indicators: Life Evaluation, Physical Health, Emotional Health, Healthy Behavior, Work Environment and Basic Access.

To view the rankings for Virginia:


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Recognizing and Treating Anxiety

If you’re like most people, chances are you have a hard time not worrying, at least some of the time.   But when it comes to being anxious about things in life, there’s a difference between having a bit of a worrywart streak to having full blown anxiety. There is evidence that the US has the highest proportion of chronically anxious people out of any other nation in the world.  Anxiety can be difficult to recognize, tricky to diagnose, and hard to come to terms with. But despite this, once it’s been diagnosed, anxiety is one of the easiest mental disorders to treat.