America’s Fittest Cities – Did Yours Make the List?

In our last blog, we talked about America’s growing weight problem. Now, let’s take a look at the cities our fittest citizens call home.

  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, Va.
  10. Sacramento, Calif.

The results are according to the latest report from the American College of Sports Medicine, which measures metropolitan areas’ overall fitness based on indicators including health behaviors, chronic health problems, health care, environment and recreational facilities.

Physical activity is one of the most valuable ways for adults and children to maintain and improve overall health. For adults, regular exercise can help prevent premature death, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. In children and adolescents, physical activity improves bone health, muscle strength and cardioresperatory fitness and decreases body fat.

Sources: American College of Sports Medicine, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Healthy People 2020

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