City proposes citizens' well-being study

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - November 15, 2012

The Los Angeles Times says Santa Monica officials are seeking a grant to create the nation's first municipal well-being index.

City officials and Rand Corp. researchers propose tracking the physical health, social connectedness and community resilience of residents.

Santa Monica made the proposal in hopes of winning a $5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant. It's one of 20 Mayors Challenge finalists named last week.

The city has already completed a youth well-being study that found most students were healthy and felt safe at school.

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