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Mixed report for O.C. in Gallup’s ‘well-being’ survey

The national research poll says residents in the coastal and southern regions feel fine, but those in Central County fare far worse.

By Kimberly A. PorrazzoPublished: December 03, 2010 09:08 AM

How are you feeling? If you live in Newport, Laguna or Foothill Ranch, you’re more likely to say things are good. If you’re a resident of Anaheim, Fullerton, Garden Grove or Santa Ana, odds are you’re not feeling so well, according to a Gallup report presented to the Orange County Forum on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

America’s “well-being” is tracked daily by Washington D.C.-based Gallup, the firm best known for its political polls. Company Partner Katie Wreed Bell shared the findings of the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, a report compiled and published daily after interviewing 1,000 U.S. adults. Respondents rated their experience in a number of areas, including whether they felt they were treated with respect by others they interacted with, how well-rested they felt and how much they worried that day.

The information, said Bell, is vital for community leaders.

“If you measure it, you can improve it,” she said.

Crime reduction, improved productivity and reduced health-care expenses are the results of a population that feels better.

The well-being index ranks all 435 congressional districts on a variety of factors. Here’s how O.C. fares compared to the rest of the nation in the following categories.

• The 48th District (comprised of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Tustin, and parts of Newport Beach, and San Juan Capistrano) ranked No. 2 nationally in overall well-being.
• The 47th District, which includes Anaheim, parts of Fullerton, Santa Ana and Garden Grove, ranked 430th in overall well-being.
• The 48th District took third place nationally for overall physical health, which includes questions related to smoking, Body Mass Index and chronic diseases.
• O.C. workers enjoy more job satisfaction than the national average by a small margin (89.8 percent vs. 87.8 percent).

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