Minneapolis metro area ranked second fittest in the nation

The Minneapolis area ranks as the second-fittest metro area in the nation according to the American College of Sports Medicines 2009 American Fitness Index (AFI) report. The report analyzed a number of factors including a composite of preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access, as well as community resources and policies that support physical activity in the nation’s 50 most populous metro areas.

The Twin Cities metro area ranked high for the number of people involved in regular physical activity or exercise; being in excellent or very good health; having health insurance; and having access to golf courses, bike and walking paths, park facilities, dog parks, recreation centers and a higher percent of city land as parkland. The AFI report states that area challenges and opportunities include a lower percentage of consumption of fruits and vegetables daily and fewer swimming pools per capita in the area.

Minneapolis was narrowly edged out for a second year by the Washington D.C. metro area in the AFI report. Denver, Boston and San Francisco rounded out the top five fittest metro areas. The recognition follows Minneapolis 2009 ranking as the third fittest nation by Men’s Health Survey. The American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Index Program is sponsored by the WellPoint Foundation.

May 27, 2009

Published May 27, 2009