Do you live in the fittest city in America?

Do you live in the fittest city in America?

303542_joggerIf you happen to be an inhabitant of the Twin Cities, then the answer is yes, you do!

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced that Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington topped the sixth annual American Fitness Index data report.

 

Parks and policies

The list has been put together by looking at preventative health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions and the amount of health care access, coupled with community resources such as parks, and policies that support physical activity.

The data has been compiled and analyzed by ACSM, the Indiana University School of Family Medicine and a panel of 26 health and physical activity experts and the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the US have then been ranked.

So well done to the Twin Cities we say!

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington received the highest fitness score of 78.2 out of 100, which represents a 2-point increase from its 2012 score. This metro area has received the top place for three consecutive years.

Cycling to work

But why exactly does the area excel? Well for one it has higher percentages of at least moderately physically-active citizens, city lands designated as park areas, use of public transportation for work and use of bicycling or walking to work. The Twin Cities also has lower rates of angina or coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

However, there is still room for improvement with regards to eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, lowering smoking rates and increasing their parkland and swimming pools per capita. Residents scored less than 20 percent of their target goals in these areas.

Ranked in second place in the American Fitness Index data report is Washington DC, followed by Portland, Ore., San Francisco, Calif. and Denver, Colo.

The bottom five cities of the 50 metro areas were: Indianapolis, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; San Antonio, Texas; Detroit, Mich.; and Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma City, which received a score of 31.2 this year, and was also last place in 2012.

“We have issued the American Fitness Index each year since 2008 to help health advocates and community leader advocates improve the quality of life in their hometowns,” Walter Thompson, chair of the AFI Advisory Board, said in a press release.

Encouraging healthy lifestyles

“As urban areas attract more and more residents, it’s imperative for cities to create a built environment, fund amenities and form policies that get residents active and encourage healthy lifestyles.”

The rankings were further divided into personal health indicators and community health indicators. When just looking at personal health, Washington D.C. was number one and New Orleans, La. was in last place. The honor for best community health went to Cincinnati, Ohio, and the bottom spot belonged to Miami, Fla.

Are you living in a healthy city?

Check the list below to see:

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington

2.Washington DC

3. Portland, Ore.

4. San Francisco, Calif.

5. Denver, Colo.

6. Boston, Ma

7. Sacramento, CA

8.  Seattle, WA

9.  Hartford, CT

10. San Jose, CA

11. Austin, TX

12.  Salt Lake City, UT

13. Cincinnati, OH

14. San Diego, CA

15. Raleigh, NC

16. Pittsburgh, PA

17. Baltimore, MD

18. Virginia Beach, VA

19. Cleveland, OH

20. Richmond, VA

21. Atlanta, GA

22. Providence, RI

23. Buffalo, NY

24. New York, NY

25. Philadelphia, PA

26. Milwaukee, WI

27. Chicago, IL

28. Kansas City, KS

29. Los Angeles, CA

30. Columbus, OH

31. Saint Louis, MO

32. Nashville, TN

33. Phoenix, AZ

34. Orlando, FL

35. Riverside, CA

36. Charlotte, NC

37. Jacksonville, FL

38. New Orleans, LA

39. Las Vegas, NV

40. Tampa, FL

41. Birmingham, AL

42. Miami, FL

43. Houston, TX

44. Dallas, TX

45. Indianapolis, IN

46. Memphis, TN

47. Louisville, KY

48. San Antonia, TX

49. Detroit, MI

50. Oklahoma City, OK
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  1. Patricia Collica  /  3 June, 2013, 6:18 pm Reply

    trying! via Detroit

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