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US Contiguous States with a tape measure wrapped around themIn Brief: How Fit Is Your City?

Minneapolis, Washington, DC, and Boston ranked as the three fittest cities in the United States, according to the latest annual rankings by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

The 2012 American Fitness Index, released last week, identify the healthiest and fittest places among the country’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. It was the second consecutive year Minneapolis-St. Paul garnered the top spot. The cities ranking as the least fit among the 50 were Detroit and Oklahoma City.

The report ranked the cities according to numerous health indicators, including how physically active residents were, levels of chronic disease, health care access, and community resources and policies that support physical activity. Authors gathered data through federal surveys and past studies.

You can see how your city ranks and its health indicators.

Source: ACSM American Fitness Index™ 2012, “Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas.” American College of Sports Medicine. May 21, 2012.

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