Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Physically Fit Cities

Los Angeles did not make the top 10! I guess I raised the average weight around here. Sacramento ranks #7 in terms of the fittest cities in the U.S (read here ). Perhaps because of President Obama and Larry Summers, Washington DC ranks #1.

Here's the top ten:

1. Washington, D.C.

2. Boston

3. Minneapolis-St. Paul

4. Seattle

5. Portland, Ore.

6. Denver

7. Sacramento

8. San Francisco

9. Hartford

10. Austin

And here's some of the reasons that Sacramento did so well:

- Higher percentage eating five or more servings of vegetables or fruit each day.

- Lower percentage of diabetes.

- More farmer's markets per capita.

- More baseball/softball diamonds per capita.

- Lower percent currently smoking.

- Lower percent obese.

- Higher percent bicycling or walking to work.

And under the category of "challenges" for Sacramento:

- Higher percent with asthma.

- Higher percent unemployed.

- Lower percent using public transportation to work.

- Higher percent with disability.

- Fewer acres of parkland per capita.

- Fewer swimming pools per capita.

- Fewer tennis courts per capita.

If you want to see the source of this wisdom, click here .