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2016 ACSM American Fitness Index® Announced

From May 24: Washington, D.C., closely followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver, are the three fittest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to the ninth annual American Fitness Index®. This latest AFI was recently released by ACSM and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc.

The nation’s capital leads the pack for the third straight year, Minneapolis-St. Paul came in second, and Denver moved up from sixth to third in 2016. The three top metro areas showed: higher percentages of residents using public transportation; more parkland for exercise, per capita; and lower death rates from cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The Washington, D.C., region’s lower rate of smoking tipped the scales in its favor. Midwestern metro areas Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Louisville rank last in the index. Click here to read more.

The index always garners a great deal of national media attention, and this year was no different. Check out the “ACSM in the News” section below for coverage in USA Today and U.S. News and World Report. more

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