America's Top 10 Fittest Cities

Bicycle Rider in Washington DC

Once a year, the American College of Sports Medicine releases its America Fitness Index (AFI), a study that ranks the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States according to the overall health and fitness of their residents. The annual report looks at a variety of factors including preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access, and community resources and policies that support physical activity.

"The AFI is two things: a measure of how healthy a metro area is today, and a call-to-action for urban and suburban leaders to design infrastructures that promote active lifestyles and lead to positive health outcomes," said Walter Thompson, chair of the AFI Advisory Board in a media release.

For the second consecutive year, the Washington, DC metropolitan area came out on top. There, a full 73 percent of survey respondents reported regular exercise or physical activity over the prior 30 days,  35.6 percent said they eat two or more fruits each day, 19.6 percent eat three or more vegetables per day and 86.9 percent are non-smokers.

Do you live in one of the top 10 fittest cities:

  1. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  2. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  3. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
  4. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  5. Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA
  6. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
  7. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
  8. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  9. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
  10. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

If your hometown isn't on the list, take heart. Great health and fitness is possible no matter where you live. It's up to you to eat right, exercise daily and get plenty of sleep. If you need a little help getting on a healthy track, call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation at the Metabolic Research Center location nearest you. 


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