Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sonoma County Tops State For Well Being

“To Heather Ruggles, it's no surprise that Sonoma County is a haven for healthy people who like where their lives are headed. ‘What's there not to be happy about?’ said Ruggles, a 34-year-old Santa Rosa mother, following a one-hour yoga class on Tuesday. ‘I think it is California at its best.” Her view echoes a national survey that identified Sonoma County as a land of wholesome living: Hiking in the redwoods, shopping at farmers' markets and sipping red wine.’ The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released Monday ranked Sonoma County first in California and fifth nationwide for 2009 on factors such as mental and physical health, job satisfaction and healthy behavior. Isaac Hastings, a control systems engineer who works in Santa Rosa, said he participates one or two days a week at the yoga class that Ruggles also attends at Parkpoint Health Club. ‘It helps keep me out of the chiropractor's office,’ said Hastings, 37, of Healdsburg. If he misses yoga, workday stress stiffens his spine. ‘A little of the hunchback effect,’ he said. ‘Yoga undoes all that.’”

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