The recently released 8th annual report of the American Fitness Index (AFI) ranks the 50 biggest U.S. metropolitan areas based on 32 health indicators. As the Baby-Boomers age and health issues become more prominent in their lives, the healthfulness of the environment becomes preeminent. Gildshire, all about your health since 2014, wanted to see what healthy cities are on the list.
5. Sacramento, Calif. The Golden State’s Central and San Joaquin Valley could feed the planet with the bounty of its rich and loamy soil. Little wonder residents of Sacramento are much more likely to eat fruits and vegetables on a regular basis than are residents of less healthy environs. Sacramento also has one of the highest ratios of farmer’s markets per capita in the United States.
4. San Francisco, Calif. Well! Looky at California, showing off its cardiovascular function for all to see. California’s most beautiful city has the lowest percentage of smokers in the country. Golden Gate Park draws hundreds of people, rain or shine, to it’s stunning canopy of trees and flowers.
3. San Diego, Calif. Folks who live in that funny stick-shaped state out West are thrice-blessed. 75% of San Diegans (residents of San Diahgo if you’re Ron Burgundy) live within 10-minutes of a walk in a park. Balboa Park is lovely, but it’s far from the only option. Beaches? San Diego will show you some beaches that will knock your socks off.
1. Washington, D.C. A high percentage of residents walk or bicycle to work. Our nation’s capital has many recreational centers, tennis courts, swimming pools, and parks. It also has an abundance of highly rated medical centers, which lead to the nation’s lowest death rate due to chronic health problems.