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