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  • The Top 20 Healthiest Cities in America

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    Ever wonder which city maintains the healthiest lifestyle in the country? Before reading this list, my best bet would be somewhere in Colorado, where staying active is not only the right thing to do, but they are surrounded by so many great, diverse and natural forms of exercising. Here is the top 20 list, courtesy of Forbes Lifestyle:

    #1 Minneapolis, Minn.
    Minneapolis residents breathe clean air, prioritize exercise and keep their weight down, supported by a city that was among the first to add bike trails and ban smoking in public places. If you live in Minneapolis-St. Paul, you and your neighbors are less likely to have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma and are more likely to be in excellent or very good health. (It helps that you're less likely to smoke and more likely to walk or bike to work -- in the summer, at least). "Minneapolis has lots of open spaces, parks, and walking areas, and you see people walking everywhere," Thompson says. The twin cities do their part by setting aside a high percent of the city as parkland, offering plenty of ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses,and recreation centers. How do Twin Cities residents keep up their commitment to fitness during the area's notoriously cold winters? Snow sports and "lots of fitness centers," says Thompson.

    #2 Washington, D.C.
    How does the nation's capital keep its high ranking year after year, despite summers known for heat and humidity? "The smoking rate is much lower in D.C., and if you go out in any of the parks like the national Mall early in the morning, there's hardly enough room for the tourists to walk there are so many joggers and cyclists," Thompson says. The plentitude of large parks is just one factor, though; D.C. also offers a higher than normal number of swimming pools, tennis courts, and recreation centers. Residents of the nation's capital do their part by eating 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables a day, made easier by the presence of numerous farmers' markets. Capital residents are less likely to be obese and more likely to bike or walk to work or take public transportation to work. The area boasts a much higher number of primary health providers per capita than many other metropolitan areas, a fact that perhaps plays a role in the area's lower death rate for diabetes and lower percentage of people with all types of heart disease.

    #3 Boston, Mass.
    With 80 percent of the population reporting they've exercised in the past 30 days and 47 percent describing themselves as at least moderately physically active, Bostonians get out there and move. Boston ranks just average in the amount of parkland available, but a high percent of the population walks or bikes to work, with the result that rates of obesity and diabetes are lower than average. And Bostonians who don’t walk or bike twice as likely to use public transportation than residents of other cities, which usually entails walking at least a few blocks at either end of the route. Boston residents are healthy eaters, too; the area boasts loads of farmers' markets, and more than 25 percent of Bostonians report eating 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Asthma is a challenge for the city, though, with a higher percent of residents suffering from the disease despite a lower-than-average smoking rate of just 14 percent.

    #4 Portland, Ore.
    No surprise, here, northwest residents are known to be outdoorsy fitness fanatics, and Portland's “green cred” and wealth of veggie-friendly food options (food trucks, anyone?) have gotten plenty of press. Portland ranked high for the city's vast amount of parkland, high number of farmers' markets, availability of health care, and popularity of walking or biking to work. Surprising, then, is the area's higher than normal death rate from diabetes, which suggests that obesity is still an issue despite the nature-loving culture. Portland also lost out for its lack of playgrounds for children, lower level of physical education required in schools, and lower than average number of recreation centers and swimming pools.

    Read more at Forbes Lifestyle

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