Lessons From Alaska, the New Leader in Well-Being - The Atlantic

February 20, 2015 8:44 PM

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Lessons From Alaska, the New Leader in Well-Being - The Atlantic

"Alaskans are the best in the nation in terms of exercise," said Dan Witters, a research director at the polling agency Gallup, stoking my incredulity that Alaska could honestly be the national bastion of well-being. "Which just goes to show you that you don't need year-round good weather to demonstrate good exercise habits."

Even if I remain unconvinced, the fact that people manage to exercise more in Alaska than people in any other state—somehow—is just one of the many metrics that landed the state the number-one spot in a massive study of health and well-being across America, released this week.

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