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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 05/24/2010

D.C. is most fit city in the U.S.

By Washington Post editors

For the third year in a row, the Metropolitan D.C. area received the #1 ranking for the fittest city in the nation in the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) American Fitness Index, the blog We Love D.C. reports.

The ACSM polls residents of the 50 largest metropolitan areas and their rankings are based on a variety of factors including community health policies, preventive health behaviors, federal reports, instances of exercise, health insurance coverage, accessibility to public lands/parks, incidents of co-morbidities, etc.

According to the “D.C.” respondents -- and D.C. is defined by ACSM as those who live within a wide swath of the metro area -- 80 percent had engaged in some sort of physical activity and 90 percent currently have health insurance. The city also scored 73.5 out of 100 points. Charm City (aka Baltimore) came in at #20, Richmond at #11 and Virginia Beach at #17.

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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and for the third year in a row I'm not impressed.

Posted by: Tess6 | May 24, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, this study omits the weight of all the DC tourists who visit the boardwalks in OC and Rehoboth Beach. Just saying....

Posted by: B-rod | May 24, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

With 3% of DC's population being HIV+, I find it difficult to believe that the metro area is truly one of the healthiest. My guess is that the inclusion of federal park space skews the study to favor the region.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | May 24, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The American College of Sports Medicine needs to spend a couple of days on Metro before they issue their rankings. The only way 80 percent of DC residents are engaging in physical activity is if the ACSM considers competitive eating, followed by a short waddle to the escalators, to be physical activity.

Posted by: dccaptive | May 25, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Really, DC (with the highest rate of HIV positive individuals in the nation)is the fittest city in the US? And, Richmond (home to big tobacco and no sidewalks) is number 11?

So, what's the fittest state in the US? Mississippi? West Virginia? Alabama?

Posted by: jeff77 | May 25, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Really, DC (home to the highest HIV rates in the nation)is the fittest city in the U.S? And, Richmond (home to big tobacco and no sidewalks) is number eleven. Wow!

Therefore, based on ACSM's analysis, what is the fittest state in the US? Alabama, Missippi or West Virginia?

Posted by: jeff77 | May 25, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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