Have you every been miserable? I mean really miserable?
A job that just doesn’t suit you? In a one-sided relationship? Some sort of physical ailment that has taken the pep out of your step? A toothache?
There’s health, which looks at the body as a system, from the head to toe, finding and preventing diseases, treating sickness and conditions. But then there’s well-being, which takes into account where you feel you are in life, your emotion health, the place where you work, your physical health, the behaviors that are beneficial or detrimental to our health, and access to your basic health and nutrition needs.
So where would you rank yourself for well-being? On a scale of 100?
If you lived in the Charleston Metropolitan Area, about 60.8. That wold be a failing grade in any class. It’s also the lowest score of any metropolitan area nationwide in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index based on answers to questions from the criteria above. And if you just want to shrug it off as a “bad day” for the responders in Charleston, understand that this is information being tracked since 2008. Tracked daily, in fact.
With its 60.8 rating, Charleston knocked the Huntington-Ashland, Ky., Area out of the bottom ranking nationwide. But that West Virginia metropolitan area still ranks rather low, second from the bottom, with a score of 61.2. So two of West Virginia’s largest cities are, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the two lowest scoring areas for overall well-being.
So how does that reflect for the state as a whole. How well are we? How fit are we, emotionally, mentally and physically? And better yet, how do we fix it? We could sit and bemoan our circumstances and blame a variety of of reasons why we don’t rank as high as Lincoln, Neb., which scored highest on the index with a 72.8 percent rating. Or we could roll up our sleeves and figure out how to focus on wellness for the body and soul.
And how is that possible? We asked our readers to weigh in on he question in our online poll, which can be found each week at www.timeswv.com. Last week we asked what should be a priority in our battle to get “well.” And here’s what you had to say:
• Put more funds into anti-tobacco campaigns — 5.45 percent.
• A focus on obesity and diabetes prevention — 21.82 percent.
• More and better access to health care for all citizens — 25.45 percent.
• Education is key — start in the school systems with nutrition, physical education and health — 47.27 percent.
Well, as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And it’s much cheaper, too, to start at such a young age establishing the kind of habits a person can take through their lives. As my mother used to always say, begin as you mean to go on. And it’s true with almost every every situation, especially teaching children the value of good health, hygiene, nutrition and exercise.
This week, let’s talk about education again — teaching handwriting and cursive. With a nationwide movement toward more keyboarding lessons in place of cursive instruction, where do you stand on the issue?
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Have you every been miserable? I mean really miserable?
Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard
I love to talk to readers.
I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
COLUMN: Are we people watchers or people judgers?
Let me tell you about my little friend Robby. Well, actually, it’s more about his family and especially his mom. I didn’t get her name. I heard Robby’s name quite a bit, though, during a trip home from Birmingham, Alabama.
I noticed the family in the Birmingham airport immediately. They were just the kind of family you’d notice.
Relish the rich bounty of state’s diverse, unique food traditions
This week, a group of federal officials on a three-day culinary tour of the state visited the Greenbrier Valley to find out what most of us here already know — we have a rich food tradition in West Virginia.
The group was made up of officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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