The American Fitness Index has recently released its 8th annual report. It’s a deeper look into the health and fitness levels across all 50 states. There are variables that are measured when coming up with a full grade and scoring system.
Many contributing data points are factored that lead to the calculations from personal to environmental.
Who took the top three spots?
Our nations capital topped the list for the second year in a row with a score of 79.6 out of 100 possible points earning the “Nations Fittest City”. Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Diego were strong contenders, rounding out the top three spots.
Each city is judged based on a set of triggers that include obesity, diabetes, rates of smoking and outdoor activity options. It’s one thing to rank the places that we live with a health factor, it’s actually a different ball game when you see how this data is used to drive state level policy and awareness.
The Anthem Foundation & ACSM share a joint vision dedicated to improving the health of our communities, not simply calling out poor areas for focus. Below is a link for a full 50 city break down.
There is also a great report compiled for each state. You can click to your specific state and see the what areas they are focused on and areas they excel or fall flat. It’s a great way to see what each city is doing to promote health.
What types of data and where does the data come from to build the ranking systems?
- Cities are defined by MSAs;
- Personal health indicators, as well as community and environmental indicators, are included in the data report;
- Data come from reputable sources, and scientific methodologies are used to ensure validity and reliability; • Unique areas of strength and opportunities for improvement are included for each MSA to help guide community action;
- Data indicators are tracked and reported in five-year Data Trend Reports;
- Materials, resources and connections to health promotion partners are provided by the AFI program to help cities improve their indicators; and
- Local, state and national health promotion partners form a network to support collaborative program efforts.
These sets of data and reports are a great step toward improving the health in our great country! Making little choices and changes can make a significant impact to our communities.
Where does your favorite city rank? Click Here