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The Fittest City In The US Is…

  • June 3, 2014
  • 10:29 am
The Fittest City In The US Is…

The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year’s American Fitness Index, the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like diet and smoking; local recreational spots, like playgrounds; use of public transportation; and amount of parkland, USA Today reports. Washington, DC, comes out on top after three years of victory for Minneapolis-St. Paul, which this year comes in second. The rest of the top five:

Portland, Oregon
Denver, Colorado
San Francisco, California

And the bottom five of the country’s 50 biggest cities:

Nashville, Tennessee
Indianapolis, Indiana
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Louisville, Kentucky
Memphis, Tennessee

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5:01PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

fun to know

3:10PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Not surprised at Oregon :)

6:29AM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Thank you :)

9:53AM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

Great article , thanks for sharing and pls keep sharing

12:37AM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

Ha! I thought Portland would be up there. Yay Portland! Best for fitness, best for dog owners, best for bookshops, best for punks and hippies and weirdos. Bravo! :-)

9:35PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

keep Portland weird and fit!

7:50PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Ah... as a Minneapolis-ian, I tip my hat to you, Washington, D.C.-ites. May we all live well:)

7:19PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

wished we were some city that was healthy

6:17PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Not too surprising, none of the top cities are in the south.

Diet, smoking, & exercise, including, but not limited to, hiking, biking, walking, skiing, running, active sports.

All are factors, for or against fitness.

People are fortunate to live in places where there is a culture of outdoor activities.

Football is fine, but only if you're playing, watching doesn't help.

5:03PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Change takes time. We did not become an unhealthy nation overnight. And it may take some time until we truly make a national change toward a healthier country. We just have to keep on keeping on...Just be patient with the process..

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