The 2021 ACSM American Fitness Index has named Arlington, VA, the “Fittest Metropolis in America” for the fourth 12 months operating.
Launched in 2008, the annual rating of the fittest U.S. cities is a collaboration between the American School of Sports activities Drugs and the Anthem Basis. The index ranks the nation’s 100 largest cities by 34 variables damaged down into two classes: private well being, which measures the well being of the neighborhood’s residents, and neighborhood/setting, which examines not solely infrastructure and insurance policies that promote wholesome outcomes but in addition the diploma to which the setting nurtures these outcomes.
In accordance with the research, Arlington ranked #1 in a number of indicators, together with lowest share of residents who smoke (3.5% vs. the 100 city average of 13.8%), lowest share of residents with hypertension (15.2% vs. 30.5%), and highest share of residents exercising within the earlier month (85.7% vs. 75.7%).
The lockdowns prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic made retaining match extra of a problem in 2020, particularly in cities missing walkable neighborhoods, close by parks, and bike paths.
“The pandemic additional amplified variations between neighborhoods throughout the nation and the ensuing well being inequities,” the research said. “Practically 100 million Individuals don’t reside inside a 10-minute stroll to a public park. Neighborhoods with out parks, related sidewalks, or protected streets make it troublesome for residents to be lively safely.
“Bodily exercise just isn’t solely good for private well being, it is usually good for a metropolis’s backside line. There may be robust proof of serious financial advantages from native insurance policies and planning that assist bodily exercise, walkability, and bikeability. Nicely-designed cities expertise elevated house values, retail exercise, and enterprise and job progress,” the research continued.
Two new indicators have been added for the 2021 research: Meals insecurity and sleep. The Health Index quotes the Life Sciences Research Office in defining meals insecurity as “the restricted or unsure availability of nutritionally ample and protected meals, or restricted or unsure capacity to accumulate acceptable meals in socially acceptable methods.” Meals insecurity is inextricably linked to general well being, the research says.
St. Louis, MO, ranked highest on the Index for share of residents experiencing meals insecurity (18.2%), adopted by New Orleans and Baltimore in a tie for the second spot (18%). Arlington, VA, ranked lowest for meals insecurity (6.7%).
Of the highest ten cities getting seven or extra hours of sleep, 4 are in Texas: Corpus Christi (#7), Fort Value (#6), Arlington (#4), and Lubbock (#1). Arlington, VA, ranks #8 on the record.
See our slideshow above for the best and lowest ranked cities on the 2021 Health Index.