Los Angeles ranks 38th in 2010 List of Healthiest US Cities

Sep 06, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Yes, you read the title correctly. And it’s not a good statistic for all of us living in Los Angeles to digest.

Now, this might be old news to some of you, but I’ll bet the number hasn’t changed over the last past 4 months since the numbers were released.

The funny thing is that in 2008, LA ranked 28th, in 2009, 30th, and now in 2010, we are 38th. Does it seem like we are going in the wrong direction?

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, they objectively rank cities based on an American Fitness Index:

The analysis ranks U.S. cities in terms of chronic disease prevalence as well as the degree to which heavily populated areas take steps to promote preventive health behaviors, ensure access to health care and support physical activity.

The index "not only measures the state of health and fitness in our nation’s largest communities but evaluates the infrastructure, community assets, policies and opportunities which encourage residents to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Here’s a quick view of the nation’s healthiest and fittest metropolitan areas and why; a Scientific Snapshot of the state of health and fitness at the Metropolitan Level; and an Action Guide which provides an overview of the critical factors related to effective community action and that offers practical tools and resources for a healthier community.

Along with measuring the status of health and fitness in America’s largest urban centers, they also include in the index the degree of each city’s infrastructure, community assets, policies and opportunities which encourage residents to live a healthy and fit lifestyle,

Washington, DC was listed as the number one city in the Fitness Index, and the remaining cities in the top 10 rankings in the western part of the country.

Too much time stuck in traffic, sitting at your desk or computer screens, and stress can take its toll–so we always encourage healthy activities by more walking, via Travelin’ Local’s Walking Tours; going green; riding the Metro, and pursing the countless local activities here in LA that provide a positive benefit for everybody.

Just for starters, you can shop locally at our numerous Farmers Markets, bike to work, and taking advantage of our vast cultural infrastructure of parks and beaches, as well as eating right, plus knowing which are the best available facilities for hiking, biking, and swimming.

Let the clarion call to action be heard, Los Angelenos, we need to increase our physical activities access to the same, and strive to lead healthier and more fit lifestyles. We need to be in the top ten next year.

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