The American Fitness Index Names Twin Cities Fittest US City
Anthony Sanzeri, NBC Right Now Website Manager - email
The Twin Cities are the fittest in the country according to the American Fitness Index.
The American College of Sports Medicine created the rankings of the top fifty metropolitan areas in the US by studying their environmental and physical health.
They took into account how many parks, walking trails and recreational facilities were available in each city as well as resident's smoking status, obesity levels and chronic health problems.
Experts say cities can improve their fitness ranking by implementing smoking bans in all public areas, building more parks and requiring physical education through high school.
Complete list of top 50 metropolitan areas: 1. Minneapolis - St. Paul 2. Washington, D.C. 3. Portland, Ore. 4. San Francisco 5. Denver 6. Boston 7. Sacramento 8. Seattle 9. Hartford, Conn. 10. San Jose 11. Austin 12. Salt Lake City 13. Cincinnati 14. San Diego 15. Raleigh, N.C. 16. Pittsburgh 17. Baltimore 18. Virginia Beach 19. Cleveland 20. Richmond, VA 21. Atlanta 22. Providence 23. Buffalo 24. New York City 25. Philadelphia 26. Milwaukee 27. Chicago 28. Kansas City, MO 29. Los Angeles 30. Columbus, Ohio 31. St. Louis 32. Nashville 33. Phoenix 34. Orlando 35. Riverside, CA 36. Charlotte 37. Jacksonville 38. New Orleans 39. Las Vegas 40. Tampa 41. Birmingham, Ala. 42. Miami 43. Houston 44. Dallas 45. Indianapolis 46. Memphis 47. Louisville 48. San Antonio 49. Detroit 50. Oklahoma City
Thursday, August 21 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:17:08 GMT
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