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Does where you live impact your health? Heck yes it does!
In fact, a 2012 survey looked at multiple factors and determined a ranking of healthiest and unhealthiest cities. It turns out there are personal health and community health factors that contributes to the ‘health’ of your area. Consider things like the presence of parks, healthy eating options, walking trails, access to fresh produce, and even pollution levels.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) assembled a panel of experts to develop a weighted scale to calculate each health indicator and therefore created the American Fitness Index (AFI). As a result of wide survey distribution to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an analysis of the compiled health indicators produced a list of the ‘most and least healthiest cities.’
Drumroll please. Accounting for data collected for 2012, Oklahoma City, OK and Detroit, MI were the top two ‘unhealthiest cities’ to live. And not-so-surprising, but California had three cities listed on the ‘healthiest’ list. The top ten rankings overall are listed below.
‘Healthiest’ Cities ‘Unhealthiest’ Cities
1. Minneapolis, MN 1. Oklahoma City, OK
2. Washington, DC 2. Detroit, MI
3. Portland, OR 3. Louisville, KY
4. San Francisco, CA 4. Birmingham, AL
5. Denver, CO 5. Houston, TX
6. Boston, MA 6. Memphis, TN
7. Sacramento, CA 7. Indianapolis, IN
8. Seattle, WA 8. San Antonio, TX
9. Hartford, CT 9. Orlando, FL
10. San Jose, CA 10. Columbus, OH
This article was written by Brittaney Jewel Bethea, a summer 2013 intern at Healthyblackmen.org.