minneapolis and st.paul are healthiest, fittest cities in USA

This article from yourlife.usatoday.com says my home town is the fittest and healthiest city in the USA!

The Twin Cities Minneapolis-St. Paul are the healthiest, fittest cities in the USA, followed by Washington, D.C., and Boston, according to a new analysis of the 50 most populous metro areas.
Oklahoma City ranks last, and Louisville is second to last.
The annual American Fitness Index, out today from the American College of Sports Medicine, is based on a number of health factors, including percentage of residents who smoke, obesity rates, percentage of people who exercise and availability of parks, walking trails and farmers' markets.
"It takes a healthy community to produce a healthy population, and Minneapolis-St. Paul is a beautiful place to live if you're interested in a physically active lifestyle," says Barbara Ainsworth, president-elect of the sports medicine group and a professor in Arizona State University's exercise and wellness program in Phoenix.
Where does your city fall in the fitness rankings?

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Boston
4. Portland, Ore.
5. Denver
6. San Francisco
7. Hartford, Conn.
8. Seattle
9. Virginia Beach
10. Sacramento
11. San Jose, Calif.
12. Richmond, Va.
13. San Diego, Calif.
14. Cincinnati, Ohio.
15. Salt Lake City, Utah
16. Austin, Texas
17. Pittsburgh, Pa.
18. Atlanta
19. Providence
20. Baltimore
21. Milwaukee, Wisc.
22. Kansas City, Mo.
23. Buffalo
24. Raleigh,N.C.
25. Cleveland
26. St. Louis, Mo.
27. Philadelphia
28. Chicago
29. Orlando
30. New York City
31. Jacksonville, Fla.
32. Phoenix
33. San Antonio
34. New Orleans, La.
35. Miami
36. Charlotte
37. Nashville
38. Columbus
39. Dallas
40. Tampa
41. Los Angeles
42. Houston
43. Las Vegas
44. Riverside, Calif.
45. Indianapolis
46. Detroit
47. Birmingham, Ala.
48. Memphis
49. Louisville
50. Oklahoma City, Okla.

Source: American Fitness Index from the American College of Sports Medicine
Among the reasons the Twin Cities ranked No. 1: a lower-than-average obesity rate, an above-average percentage of residents who exercise, a relatively low smoking rate and moderate-to-low rates of chronic health problems such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes. Plus the area has lots of parks and recreational facilities.
Minneapolis was one of the first cities to have organized bicycle trails and to prohibit smoking in public places, she says, and it has many parks and public golf courses. You can read the rest here.




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