Twin Cities named Healthiest & Fittest cities in the country

Time to dust off the mantle and make room for another trophy. The American College of Sports Medicine gave us the title of America's Healthiest & Fittest City!

Ok, so why did we win?

- lower-than-average obesity rate

- above-average percentage of residents who exercise

-  low smoking rate

- moderate-to-low rates of chronic health problems

- Parks 

add all those up... that's how we won.


"It takes a healthy community to produce a healthy population, and Minneapolis-St. Paul is a beautiful place to live if you're interested in a physically active lifestyle."- Barbara Ainsworth, president-elect of the sports medicine group

"Experts are increasingly concerned about the country's health because two-thirds of people are overweight or obese, and only about a quarter meet the national exercise recommendations, which advise adults to get 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week." -USA Today

Did you know?

The national average for Cities with parks is 10%  Guess what ours is?  Nope... try again....  the correct answer is 16%

Krave 2011
Here is how their list shook out

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Boston
4. Portland, Ore.
5. Denver
6. San Francisco
7. Hartford, Conn.
8. Seattle
9. Virginia Beach
10. Sacramento

Who was worst?  Oklahoma City.

So the next time your out, and you see someone with an incredible.. um ...lets just say they're "fit" ...walk up and congratulate them.  Mpls/StP  is America's Fittest City 
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