Do You Live in One of America's Fittest Cities?

Jogging in Washington DC

Each 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. Research 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.

Topping the list for the second consecutive year is the Washington, DC metropolitan area, where 73 percent of survey respondents report regular exercise or physical activity over the prior 30 days,  35.6 percent eat two or more fruits each day, 19.6 percent eat three or more vegetables per day and 86.9 percent are non-smokers.

Here are the top 10 fittest cities, according to the report:

  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 

Do you live in one of these cities? Congratulations! But keep in mind that great health and fitness is possible no matter where you live. It's up to you to make nutritional meal choices, exercise daily and get plenty of sleep. Get yourself on a healthy track by calling 800-501-8090 to find the Metabolic Research Center location nearest you.



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