Healthways' Chief Science Officer to Share Unique Insights From Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index at Population Health Colloquium

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Chief Science Officer for Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWAY) will share recently released insights from the largest and most comprehensive collection of well-being data in the world at the 16th Population Health Colloquium on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. Dr. James Pope will lead the 10:30 a.m. session, with a presentation titled "A Broader View of Total Population Health: Accelerating Change Towards a Better Healthcare System."

Using data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, Pope will focus on a broader view of health that includes positive and negative correlations between physical and emotional health; health behaviors; basic access to necessities; work environment; community and social support and economic factors driving well-being. The session will describe how factors that influence overall well-being - not just physical health - should be considered when developing total population health strategies.

Pope oversees the medical and scientific integrity, analytic consultative services, process quality improvements, outcomes and applied research for Healthways. He joined Healthways in 2003 and has served in various leadership roles during his tenure with the company, including Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer prior to being named Chief Science Officer in 2008. Pope has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare and well-being improvement industries including 16 years operating a private cardiology practice. He is the co-author of numerous journal articles and has served on the faculty of Wake Forest's Bowman Gray School of Medicine and on the board of directors for Disease Management Association of America: The Care Continuum Alliance.

About Healthways

Healthways is the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans, communities and government entities. We provide highly specific and personalized support for each individual and their team of experts to optimize each participant's health and productivity and to reduce health-related costs. Results are achieved by addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of everyone in a given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary technology infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years and now serves approximately 68 million people on four continents. Learn more at

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