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Fittest Cities: A New Ranking

The American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation recently published their annual American Fitness Index, which ranks America’s 100 most populous cities from most fit to least fit.

It uses a variety of factors including activity level of residents, walkability, and food insecurity levels.


Arlington, Virginia, where 86% of adults said they exercised in the last month, claimed the top spot for the fourth year in row.


Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver and Madison rounded out the top five with high scores for clean air quality and easy access to parks.


As for the least fit city, it’s Oklahoma City with high obesity rates and low scores in physical activity. Other cities in the bottom five include Tulsa, north Las Vegas, Indianapolis and Wichita.