Survey: Gainesvillians are healthy; Floridians not so much

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Gainesville is among the top cities in the country when it comes to its residents?well-being while Florida ranks 37th among the states, according to the 2010Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index via a story by Chad Smith, which boasts that it ?ives governments, communities, employers and health plans unmatched insight into the health of their populations.?

The survey ?released earlier this year ?tracked life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic access necessities to like health care.

It reported that Gainesvillians were better off (relatively) than they were in 2009, as the city jumped from 47th to 8th in thenational index. Gainesville? ranking for work environment shot to No. 1 in the nation from No. 155 in 2009.

There were only five other Florida cities in the Top 100: Naples (37), Tallahassee (45), Port St. Lucie (79), Pensacola (85) and Sarasota (92).

Top 10 U.S. cities for well-being in 2010
1. Boulder, Colo.
2. Lincoln, Neb.
3. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
4. Provo-Orem, Utah
5. Honolulu
6. Madison, Wis.
7. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
8. Gainesville
9. Bridgeport-Stamdford-Norwalk, Conn.
10. Washington, D.C., area (includes Arlington and Alexandria, Va.)

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