Healthiest City

Every year the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) analyzes cities all around the US and ranks how healthy they are in their American Fitness Index™.  The ACSM looks at several different factors to rank each city including:

-Exercise and activity level
-Percentage of people who eat 5+ servings of fruit and vegetables
-Percentage of people who smoke
-Rates of diabetes, heart disease, asthma, etc.
-Leading causes of death

So after all of the analysis, the healthiest city of 2011 is…Minneapolis, MN!  In case you didn’t know, I live in Minneapolis, so this is pretty exciting!  I like to think I make a slight difference in helping Minneapolis earn that ranking.  I’m proud to live in the healthiest city in the US, but I know we still have a long way to go, which keeps me motivated too!  If you want to see the report and find where your city ranks, you can check that out here.

I want to encourage you, no matter where you are, to keep making a difference in your own city to improve the overall health.  And this starts with you!  Keep pushing play and eating right.  Get yourself in shape and improve your health.  It greatly reduces your risk for many of the common killers in America and will boost your energy levels too.  But it’s about more than just you, too!  I want to encourage everyone here to make a difference where you are.  That can mean helping your own family get healthy or finding people in your community and helping them get in shape with you.  When the people around you see you getting in shape and taking your health seriously, they’ll want to join you and will probably turn to you for advice.  It’s really rewarding when you can help others out and people are always extremely grateful.

So am I excited that my city is the “healthiest” city in the US, yes!  But I know there’s a long way to go here too.  Check out where your city ranks and come up with some ideas on how you can help your city move up in rank.  Find a buddy to do P90X or Insanity with you.  Not only will it help them out, but you’ll find that having someone to do it with provides accountability and encouragement for you too!  Or if you’ve already completed a program and have seen great results, becoming a coach yourself is a great way to help others out and get their health back too.  If you have questions on that feel free to shoot me a message.

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