Magazine article The Nation's Health

Health Professions Score High on Well-Being, Best Job Rankings

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Health Professions Score High on Well-Being, Best Job Rankings

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NURSES CONSUME the most produce daily and doctors have the highest overall well-being, according to a recent Gallup Poll that assessed the well-being of U.S. workers by occupation.

Released in March, the poll broke down U.S. occupations into 14 categories, including teachers, business owners, sales, clerical, manufacturing and general professionals. Poll respondents were ranked according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures physical, emotional and fiscal well-being.

Based on 170,000 interviews conducted in 2012, physicians came out on top for well-being, measured in part on how they view their workplaces. According to the poll, physicians were more likely to report that they "use their strengths to do what they do best every day," followed by nurses and teachers. Physicians also ranked low on smoking and obesity.

Also on the health side, two-thirds of nurses reported eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables at least four days a week. Manufacturing and production professionals reported the lowest produce consumption. Farmers, fishers and foresters reported the most weekly exercise, while clerical and manufacturing workers reported the lowest.

With high risk factors for both obesity and smoking, transportation workers were at the most risk for developing chronic diseases such as heart disease as well as developing cancer, the poll found.

In instances in which well-being factors are not directly related to job duties, such as smoking or unhealthy eating, the findings represent an opportunity for intervention, according to an analysis from Gallup Poll. …

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