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Ranked: The 25 Unhealthiest Cities In America

from Newsweek

From Oct. 2: This article is based on results of ACSM’s 2018 American Fitness Index and includes a quote from ACSM Past President, Honorary Fellow and Current Chair of the ACSM American Fitness Index Advisory Board Barbara Ainsworth. Ph.D., M.P.H., FACSM.

Your health can be impacted by factors beyond your control — like the availability of parks, gyms and farmers’ markets in your city. Each year the American College of Sports Medicine releases its American Fitness Index, which rank cities on dozens of factors, from how much park space is available to how often residents go to the gym. These scores offer a glimpse into the healthiest and unhealthiest cities in the U.S.

“The American Fitness Index provides cities with key information on residents’ behavior and health, as well as local infrastructure that is critical to a healthy, fit city,” Arizona State University professor Barbara Ainsworth, chair of the AFI board, told Newsweek. “Health is not just a matter of personal responsibility; the spaces where we live, work, and play have an impact on our health and our ability to lead physically active lifestyles.”

The ACSM worked with dozens of health experts to rank 100 U.S. cities on 31 unique metrics, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Census Bureau, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies. more

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