WELL-BEING INDEX: Iowa Falls One Place

Iowa has two more years to reach the governor’s goal of making us the healthiest state in the nation.

The latest ranking seems to show Iowa moving in the wrong direction. While still in the top 10, the state fell one spot from last year’s ninth ranking.

While we`ve made strides in lowering smoking rates, Iowans keep struggling with healthy behaviors. Things like diet and exercise. That’s where we ranked 33rd in the country.

Officials are quick to point out that changing an entire state`s habits is like changing your own, it doesn`t happen overnight.

“If we`re going to see positive results it`s going to take a long time and the more we continue to educate people and offer great programs for them then we`re going to see that continue to improve and we as a state have to continue to hold this up as a priority,” Vernon Delpesce said.

The three states that were ranked the lowest in the survey both in 2012 and 2013 were Mississippi, Kentucky and West Virginia.

To see more about the well-being index, check out the Gallup-Healthways analysis here.