Community Rankings for Healthy Eating Across the U.S.

Posted on June 7, 2017 • Category: Well-Being


The 2016 Community Rankings for Healthy Eating are out and two Arizona communities ranked among the nation’s top 25 of 189 communities surveyed. Community averages range from a high of 75.3% in Naples, Florida to a low of 53.8% in Lubbock, Texas. The national average in 2016 was 63.2%, down from 67.7% in 2010.

Healthy Eating in U.S. Communities, 2015-2016


Relationship between Healthy Eating and Chronic Diseases
Gallup research finds that people who ate healthy all day the previous day had lower rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression and stress than those who did not.

Factors that Influence Well-Being and Healthy Eating
Gallup research finds that people who ate healthy all day the previous day are more likely to agree with the following life statements than those who do not eat healthy:

  • In the last 12 months, I have reached most of my goals.
  • Relationship with my spouse, partner or closest friend is stronger than ever.
  • Your family and friends give you positive energy every day.
  • There is a leader in your life who makes you enthusiastic about the future.
  • Someone in your life always encourages you to be healthy
  • You learn or do something interesting every day.
  • You have enough money to do everything you want to do.

In February 2017, CFA reported that Arizona continues to improve its overall ranking on the Well-Being Index, moving up to 7th in the nation from 9th the previous year.

State-to-State Comparisons of the Top 10



Top 25 Two Arizona communities rank in the top 25 among 189 communities participating in a new Gallup report.
State of American Well-Being: 2016 Community Rankings for Health Eating  

Gallup, March 2017

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Lattie F. Coor

My Perspective

When CFA set out to build a citizens' agenda for Arizona, we didn't know it would end up placing Arizona at the center of a national struggle to address the challenges confronting democracy today–the growing lack of confidence that citizens have in government and their growing lack of participation in the civic life of our communities and nation.

In many ways, Arizona is a microcosm of these challenges. This fact was made clear in the results of the Gallup Arizona Poll (2009), which identified the deep concerns that Arizonans have about the need for both effective leaders and engaged citizens. CFA is now in the process of building Arizona Progress Meters for each of the 8 citizen goals defined by the people who live here. The culmination of these goals is The Arizona We Want.

The Arizona We Want is a long-term vision and it can be achieved if we work together.

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