Washington D.C. Ranked Number 1 for Healthy Living


Yeah baby! we made it again!  We are ranked No. 1 for the third consecutive year for living healthy, according to a report released by the American College of Sports Medicine‘s American Fitness Index.

The researchers culled data from federal reports and evaluated a multitude of factors, including preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease and community health policies for the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

The Washington area scored 73.5 out of 100 possible points. Boston was second with 72.6, and cities in the West dominated the top 10.

Among findings: The D.C. area has a higher than average percentage of people eating the recommended daily portions of fruit and vegetables and lower than the national average rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Residents have access to parkland, and a significant number can walk to and from work.

The score combines two sets of measures, using data from federal reports and other official outlets:

• Personal-health indicators, which measure health behaviors (exercise, smoking, eating healthy meals), chronic health problems and health care.

• Community environmental factors, focusing on parkland, farmers markets, public transportation, dog parks and recreational facilities.

"Not to mention HAVING A LOT OF SEX (Safe Sex) is also very healthy".... Elias Shams 🙂

The Washington area was third in both scores. No.12 Cincinnati ranked 27th in personal health indicators, but was first in community factors. No. 6 Denver-Aurora ranked first in personal-health indicators and 14 in community factors.

According to the report, D.C. had a higher than average percentage of people who eat the recommended daily portions of fruit and vegetables and lower than the national average rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Residents have access to parks, and a large number are able to walk to and from work.

The researchers also found higher education levels was linked to better health and fitness. Areas with a high percentage of residents with high school degrees or higher were more likely to be physically active and be in excellent or very good health.

The top 10 fittest cities
1. Washington, D.C., 73.5
2. Boston, Mass., 72.6
3. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., 71.7
4. Seattle, Wash., 70.5
5. Portland, Ore., 70.4
6. Denver, Colo., 69.9
7. Sacramento, Calif., 65.8
8. San Francisco, Calif., 64.7
9. Hartford, Conn., 64.4
10. Austin, Texas, 63.9

The bottom 10 fittest cities
1. Oklahoma City, Okla., 24.3
2. Birmingham, Ala., 31.2
3. Memphis, Tenn., 31.6
4. Detroit, Mich., 31.9
5. Louisville, Ky., 32.5
6. Las Vegas, Nev., 35.3
7. Indianapolis, Ind., 35.9
8. San Antonio, Texas, 36.9
9. Houston, Texas, 37.6
10. New Orleans, La., 37.7

I hope the index help the communities develop policies affecting health and fitness, showing assets and weaknesses.

To add more juice to DC, here is a tribute to those of you still love drinking soda 🙂 Drink red wine my friend.

Bookmark and Share

About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

2 Responses to Washington D.C. Ranked Number 1 for Healthy Living

  1. Yes, going to hit the gym again 2moro after 1 wk off.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: