City governments have used the AFI to make changes in policies and urban planning that promote a healthy lifestyle.
Of America’s largest cities (in population, not waistline), Washington, D.C. takes bragging rights as America’s fittest city, according to the eighth annual American Fitness Index released by the American College of Sports Medicine. The least fit city in America; Indianapolis, which dropped from 46th in 2014.
This is the second consecutive year in which the nation’s capital can take bragging rights as America’s fittest city. The city is tops in farmers’ markets per capita, the higher percent of the population using public transportation to work, the higher percentage bicycling or walking to work, more swimming pools and recreation centers per capita, and the higher percent of population within a 10-min. walk to a park.
Considering the stress that government gridlock gives much of the country, it is surprising that Washington D.C. has a lower percent with angina or coronary heart disease,
The goal of the AFI is to “help improve the health of the nation and promote active lifestyles by supporting local programming to develop a sustainable, healthy community culture,” the report states.
Here, as ranked by the AFI, are the top 10 fittest cities in Ameridca:
1. Washington, D.C.
2. Minneapolis-St. Paul
3. San Diego
4. San Francisco
7. Portland, OR
10. San Jose
At the other end of the scale are the 10 least fit cities:
41. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
42. New Orleans
43. Charlotte, NC
44. Birmingham, AL
45: Nashville, TN
46. Louisville, KY
47. San Antonio, TX
48. Oklahoma City, OK
49. Memphis, TN
50. Indianapolis, IN
City governments have used the AFI to make changes in policies and urban planning that promote a healthy lifestyle. St. Louis catapulted 11 spots on the list to No. 30, a result of an increase in residential recreational facilities, city parks and farmers’ markets. After being ranked America’s least fit city in 2012, Oklahoma City’s mayor initiated a “This City is Going on a Diet” campaign which residents achieved their collective goal of losing a million pounds. It is now ranked at No. 48.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.