D.C. Metro Area Ranked as the Fittest in the United States

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Runners in Alexandria, Virginia

An annual report put together by The American College of Sports Medicine—the Washington, D.C. metro area (DMV) ranks as the top metro area on a list of “Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas.”

Congrats DMV! We’re the fittest in the country!


The D.C. area claimed the title of the nation’s most fit and healthy metropolitan area, according to new research released Wednesday.

D.C. ranked No. 1 on the 2014 Annual Fit City Index, which compared the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas and measured their preventatives health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions and community resources and politics that support physical activity.

D.C. took the top ranking from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, which held the title for the past three years. The Twin Cities area slid to the No. 2 ranking on the list.

Portland, Oregon; Denver; and San Francisco rounded out the top five fit and healthy cities, according to the research.

Read more at this link.

Falling just below the D.C. area in the rankings were the Minneapolis-St. Paul area with 73.5 points, Portland, Ore. at 72.1 points, Denver, Colo. at 71.7 points, and San Francisco, Calif. at 71 points.

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