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Meet America's healthiest cities

Meet America's healthiest cities

Earlier this year, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation released their 10th-annual American Fitness Index, ranking U.S. cities in a survey based on health and fitness statistics.

This year's top 10 are:

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul
2. Washington, D.C.
3. San Francisco-Oakland
4. Seattle-Tacoma
5. San Jose
6. Boston
7. Denver
8. Portland, Oregon
9. Salt Lake City
10. San Diego

What makes a healthy city? Residents of the top locales had lower rates of smoking, higher amounts of physical activity, more access to public parks, and higher consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Take a look at the winning cities and see what makes them stand out.

Minneapolis-St. Paul

The twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota (pictured at the top) earned the number one spot in the 2017 survey.

Minneapolis beat the study’s target goals in availability of farmers markets, amount of park space, and number of people within a 10-minute walk to a park.

It also scored highly in the percentage of people bicycling or walking to work and getting more than seven hours of sleep, and number of residents in excellent health.

Washington, D.C.

National Mall in Washington, D.C. The nation's capital, Washington, D.C., held the top spot on the American College of Sports Medicine's list for the past three years but was nudged out by Minneapolis in 2017. (Photo: Albert Pego/Shutterstock)

Runner-up Washington, D.C., which had ranked first for the past three years, beat the study’s goals in percentage of people meeting physical activity guidelines. Like Minneapolis, it also ranked highly for access to parks and farmers markets.

San Francisco-Oakland

San Francisco San Francisco's residents get a high amount of physical activity. (Photo: 4kclips/Shutterstock)

In third place, San Francisco's residents have lower rates of obesity and higher amounts of physical activity. The city also has a high percentage of residents eating three or more servings of vegetables per day.

Seattle-Tacoma

Seattle residents have plenty of access to public parks like Gas Works Park. Seattle residents have plenty of access to public parks like Gas Works Park. (Photo: Anthony Ricci/Shutterstock)

Seattle, in fourth place, scored high in the categories of physical activity for residents and access to public parks.

The city, which has fewer smokers than most, fell just short of the target in the percentage people who get seven hours of sleep per night.

You can find a Subway® restaurant in each of the cities mentioned above, so stop in to enjoy a meal when you visit a healthy city.

Top Image Credit: Milen Mkv/Shutterstock

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