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2018 American Fitness Index Overview Infographic

According to the 2018 ACSM American Fitness Index, the top 10 fittest cities in the U.S. are: Arlington, VA Minneapolis, MN Washington, D.C. Madison, WI Portland, OR Seattle, WA Denver, CO St. Paul, MN San Jose, CA Boise, ID Share this infographic and the Fitness Index with your city officials and local leaders to start a conversation on making your city a healthier place for all residents. Download a PDF of the Infographic here.

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We’re Expanding! Fitness Index will now rank America’s 100 largest cities

The American Fitness Index is proud to announce that the 2018 rankings will be released on May 15th! This year’s rankings feature some exciting changes.  We’re expanding! For the first ten years of the Fitness Index, the rankings evaluated the 50 largest metro areas. This approach provided important and valuable general messages, but limited the ability to provide targeted assistance to city and community leaders that need specific data at the local level. With the May 15th release of the 2018 rankings, the Fitness Index will expand to the 100 largest cities in the U.S. This approach distinguishes the largest…

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Fruit and Vegetables Fuel Good Health

  You were always told you to eat fruit and vegetables – and it turns out that was very smart advice! It has been well established that diet and physical fitness are strongly linked. However, high levels of physical activity can’t make up for a poor diet, any more than healthy eating can remove the need for physical activity. In fact, researchers have consistently reported that exercise alone is not likely to effectively reduce weight – a change in eating patterns is required. Unhealthy eating is a known risk factor for many leading causes of disease, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers. The ACSM…

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Washington, DC: Profile of a Fit City

  To see Washington, DC’s full 2015 data report, visit https://www.americanfitnessindex.org/city/washington-dc/.

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Case Studies in Action: Cincinnati, OH

  For more information about the CHCC, visit: http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/health/environmental-health/health-promotion-worksite-wellness/. To see how Cincinnati scored in 2015, click here.  

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Washington DC is the Nation’s Fittest City, report says

For Immediate Release: May 19, 2015 at 12:01 am   Washington DC is the Nation’s Fittest City, report says Exercise decrease, chronic disease increase highlight challenges in ACSM American Fitness Index   Indianapolis – Residents of the nation’s capital, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul, and San Diego, enjoy a variety of outdoor exercise options, and have relatively low rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes. That combination of measurable health and community indicators makes them the three fittest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Oklahoma City, Memphis and Indianapolis rank last among the 50 metro areas studied in the…

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Hialeah to Benefit from Amerigroup Grant Aimed at Improving Health, Fitness

The Amerigroup Foundation today announced that it is providing a grant to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to continue efforts to improve health and fitness outcomes in Hialeah, Fla., Florida’s sixth-largest city. The grant will help ACSM expand its American Fitness Index® () technical assistance program that was created with the Hialeah Healthy Families Coalition (HHF) in 2010. This grant helped launch a city-wide initiative to educate both children and families on nutrition, healthy food choices, and fitness activities. Amerigroup’s parent foundation also granted an additional $157,782 to ACSM in 2013 to create a data report and continue…

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Strategic Plan Aims to Guide Cincinnati to Better Health, Fitness

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), with support from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, is expanding the ACSM American Fitness Index® () Technical Assistance Program to Cincinnati. Working with the Cincinnati Health Department’s Creating Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC), ACSM unveiled a comprehensive strategic plan today that will guide the Cincinnati metro area toward improved health and fitness outcomes. The technical assistance program is based on findings from the annual data report, which provides a health status snapshot of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. “Since the first data report in 2008, Cincinnati has…

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Strategic Plan Aims to Guide Las Vegas To Better Health, Fitness

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), with support from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, is expanding the ACSM American Fitness Index® () Technical Assistance Program to Las Vegas. ACSM unveiled a comprehensive strategic plan today that will guide the Las Vegas Valley toward improved health and fitness outcomes. ACSM created the plan with the assistance of the Las Vegas Healthy Communities Coalition (LVHCC), anchored by the United Way of Southern Nevada. The technical assistance program is based on findings from the annual data report, which provides a health status snapshot of the 50 largest metropolitan areas…

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Rethinking Walking

Walking is a simple and easy way to add physical activity to daily schedules and since it’s free, it’s available to everybody. Since the first edition of the ACSM American Fitness Index® data report, ACSM has recognized the importance of walking for a healthy lifestyle. While the Fitness Index has always taken the number of people who walk to work as part of its methodology, it hasn’t considered walking trips to amenities such as grocery stores, shops and school. New Walk Score® Ranking Indicator For the latest edition of the data report, ACSM added a new walking indicator: Walk Score®…

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