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10th Annual American Fitness Index Reveals Minneapolis-St. Paul as the Newest “Fit City”

Half of metro areas saw scores improve Indianapolis (May 16) – The twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul edged Washington, D.C. in the 10th annual American Fitness Index (Fitness Index) rankings released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc.  The nation’s capital held the top spot for the past three years and improved its score in 2017, but Minneapolis-St. Paul still finished on top despite the challenges of being a northern state with hard winters. (Link – View the rankings and individual metro data here or at the chart below.)…

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ACSM American Fitness Index Through the Years

In 2017 the ACSM American Fitness Index celebrates it’s 10th anniversary. For the last decade, the Fitness Index has been recognized as an assessment and evaluation tool to educate community leaders on the importance of key indicators of physical activity. With the support of supplementary resources such as the Community Action Guide and My Community Application Toolkit, leaders can focus on policy, systems and environmental change strategies that are evidence-based and create sustainability for the community. Nationally, there have been noticeable long-term trends in the rankings that are both positive and negative. The positive trends include: smoking rates have declined…

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Surgeon General’s Call to Action

Only half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.  Walking is an easy way to start & maintain a physically active lifestyle. Step it Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities provides recommendations to increase walking & walkable communities…everywhere. Learn what you can do to help build a more walkable nation! YouTube embedded video: http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/mq3DxArKAEo

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Taking Shape of the American Fitness Index

The editors of SHAPE magazine pulled out a few statistics from the 2014 ACSM American Fitness Index® data report for its readers. The Fitness Index provides a snapshot of the state of health in America’s 50 largest metro areas and evaluates the infrastructure, community assets and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles. SHAPE notes that you can get in shape anywhere, “but it’s easier when you hometown fosters healthy behavior.” Following are a few notable stats highlighted in the article. Click here to read the full article and to learn more about the interesting stats underscored by SHAPE. •26%…

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Today Show Looks to ACSM for America’s Healthiest City

To help kick off 2014, The Today Show looked at where in America you should go if you want to be “healthy, wealthy and wise”. In their search for evaluating America’s healthiest cities, the show’s producers examined a number sources and ultimately settled on the ACSM American Fitness Index®. For the past three years Minneapolis/St. Paul has earned the highest ranking. ACSM and the Fitness Index Advisory Board are honored to be considered as the best measure of a “healthiest” city. It’s a testament to the research and planning that went into creating the Fitness Index and the work to…

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