America’s fittest cities revealed (and L.A. doesn’t even crack the top ten)

  • Minneapolis-St.Paul is was crowned the fittest metropolitan area in the land by the American College of Sports Medicine for the third year running
  • The City of Angels, long known for its image conscious locals, is way down the list at 29

The annual American Fitness Index was released today, which ranks the health of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country and taking the number one spot for the third year running are the twin cities of Minneapolis-St.Paul.

Every year, the health and medical experts at the American College of Sports Medicine look at the 50 most populous towns in America to judge which the healthiest and most fit.

The group looks at many factors that contribute to health, including: smoking, obesity rates, access to health care, availability of parks, recreational facilities, walking trails, and farmers’ markets.

This year, Twin Cities came out on top.

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‘What Minneapolis has done brilliantly is put their resources where residents can use them effectively to maintain a high level of physical activity,’ Walt Thompson, a professor of exercise physiology at Georgia State University and chairman of the board that created the fitness index, told USA Today.
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