America's Fittest Cities: Is Yours on the List?

Suzanne Murray
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fittest cities in americaWhen Washingtonian Magazine featured a shirtless Barack Obama on its cover, tongues wagged. Some people found it offensive and belittling; others thought it made our country look great. No matter what you thought of the cover itself, you have to admit the President is pretty darn fit. And no wonder.

In the second annual American Fitness Index report, Washington D.C. was ranked the healthiest city in the nation (for the second year in a row).

According to the report, the residents in our nation's capital are healthier than other Americans for several reasons: They have increased access to farmers' markets, fewer residents smoke and have diabetes, and nearly 90% have health insurance compared to a national average of 86%.

The top five fittest cities are:

1. Washington D.C.

2.Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

3. Denver, Colorado

4. Boston, Massachusetts

5. San Francisco, California

Cities that didn't do so well: Detroit, Oklahoma City, and Birmingham, Alabama, were at the bottom of the list.

Oklahoma City, which was last, performed poorly in nearly every category. Only 17% of its residents eat five or more fruits and vegetables (the national average is 24%), and the death rate per 100,000 patients with cardiovascular disease was 289 compared to the average of 223.

Click here to see where your city ranks in the fitness report.

Do you live in one of the top 5 fittest cities? Where does your city rank? Do you think the report's findings are accurate?

 

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