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Arlington, Virginia, is the New #1 Fittest City, According to ACSM American Fitness Index

The 11th annual American Fitness Index was released today by ACSM and the Anthem Foundation, crowning Arlington, Virginia as the new fittest city. For the first time, the ACSM Fitness Index evaluated America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators. Previously, the Fitness Index measured evidence-based indicators for the 50 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA).

USA Today provided full coverage of ACSM’s release. Arlington edged out Minneapolis for the number one spot, with Washington, D.C., Madison, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon, rounding out the top five. The lowest smoking rate, highest reports of very good or excellent health, and a balance of both healthy behaviors and community infrastructure earned Arlington the #1 rank.

The Fitness Index helps to drive change by offering data and resources that can be used as an assessment and evaluation tool to educate community leaders on the importance of key indicators of physical activity. Leaders can then focus on policy, systems and environmental change strategies that are evidence-based and create sustainability for their community.

For more about the 2018 Fitness Index rankings and available resources, visit And be sure to follow the American Fitness Index and join the discussion on social media using the handle @ACSMFitIndex on Twitter, @AmericanFitnessIndex on Facebook and the hashtag #100fitcities. more

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