Which city do you think is overall more fit and healthy, Phoenix or Pittsburgh. I won’t give you the answer, you’ll have to go to this year’s The ACSM American Fitness Index Report at http://www.americanfitnessindex.org/ to get the answer. They put this report out every year to help city planners, policy makers, health educators, and other professionals understand how the health of the city, residents and community assets that support healthy lifestyles compare to other cities nationwide. The report includes health indicators like the percentage of people who exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, eat the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables, have access to health care, have health insurance, and don’t smoke. Environmental (community) factors included the availability of parks, walking/bike trails and public transportation. I will tell you that we do better on personal health indicators than on community indicators.
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