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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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Infographic: 2017 ACSM American Fitness Index

According to the 2017 ACSM American Fitness Index, the top 10 fittest cities in the U.S. are: Minneapolis, MN Washington, DC San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA San Jose, CA Boston, MA Denver, CO Portland, OR Salt Lake City, UT San Diego, CA Share this infographic and the Fitness Index with your local leaders to start a conversation on making your city a healthier place for all residents.

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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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Celebrate Community Parks

Parks are incredibly versatile, fun areas for everyone in a community. They’re perfect for children who want to play on a playground, family or friends who want to have a picnic, or dog owners who want to take their pets on a walk. Besides being a fun location for residents, parks indicate a lot about a community. The ACSM American Fitness Index considers a lot of factors when evaluating health and fitness, and the different implications of community parks are one of the areas considered by the rankings. What parks say about a community: Park-related expenditures How much a community…

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Advisory Board Member, Dr. Melinda Manore, Receives ACSM Citation Award

Newswise — The American College of Sports Medicine is pleased to announce that Melinda M. Manore, Ph.D., R.D., C.S.S.D., FACSM is a recipient of its 2016 Citation Award. Dr. Manore was selected for this award because of her significant contributions to sports medicine and the exercise sciences. She was recognized at an awards banquet during the association’s annual meeting. “Citation Award winners are selected for their leadership and contributions in the areas of research and scholarship, clinical care, administrative services or educational services,” said Liz Joy, president of ACSM. “We’re happy to recognize Dr. Manore’s tremendous accomplishments.” Dr. Manore is…

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Washington, D.C., is Most Fit City for 3rd consecutive year, new rankings reveal

For Immediate Release May 18, 2016 Mike Fulton at (301) 651-2508 or mikef@asheragency.com (Asher Agency) Annie Spencer at (317) 637-9200 or aspencer@acsm.org (American College of Sports Medicine) Leslie Porras at (818) 234-3368 or Leslie.Porras@anthem.com (Anthem Foundation)   Washington, D.C., is Most Fit City for 3rd consecutive year, new rankings reveal Ninth annual American Fitness Index® finds rise in people exercising, drop in smoking Indianapolis (May 18) – Washington, D.C., closely followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver, are the three fittest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to the ninth annual American Fitness Index released today by…

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Infographic: The Path to a Culture of Health

Many communities develop programs and events as part of its strategic plan for improving residents health, but a more sustainable approach to gain traction is known as “Policy, Systems and Environmental Change” (PSE). The major difference between PSE compared to traditional approaches such as events and programs is that the PSE approach is aimed at long-term, sustainable and ongoing behavioral change. The reason PSE is useful for improving health in a community is because encouraging people to live healthier lives isn’t just about changing individual behaviors and creating good habits. Communities need to be places that encourage and promote healthy…

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American Fitness Index Releases New Community Action Guide

  For immediate release: January 20, 2016 American Fitness Index Releases New Community Action Guide Updated tool helps leaders take action to improve the health of their communities INDIANAPOLIS- The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) American Fitness Index released a new Community Action Guide today, offering communities a resource to help leaders realize local health and fitness goals. The guide, which will replace an earlier edition published in 2009, is a companion document to the annual Data Report, which reports the fittest city in America each year based on a score derived from a comprehensive list of health indicators…

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