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Washington, D.C., Is Still America's Fittest City

Washington, D.C., was ranked the fittest city in America for the third year in a row by the American Fitness Index.
Posted at 8:11 AM, May 18, 2016

Not only is it the nation's capital, but Washington, D.C., also seems to be the capital for healthy Americans. 

D.C. was ranked the fittest city in America for the third year in a row by the American Fitness Index. It's the ninth annual list by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation. 

D.C. scored especially high ranks on park-related expenditures, spending more than three times the goal amount for cities. More than 96 percent of people in the community live within a 10-minute walk of a park. 

The area also received high marks for low smoking rates, diabetes deaths and cardiovascular disease deaths and positive mental health.

Not far behind was Minneapolis, Minnesota, in second place and Denver, Colorado, which ranked first in personal health, coming in third. 

Regardless of where your city ranks, the index uncovered a positive nationwide trend — an uptick in overall Americans excerising. 

Nearly 77 percent of Americans reported exercising in the past 30 days. That's up about 12 percent from the year before

Walter R. Thompson, chair of the AFI advisory board, said: "That's a huge increase. Usually we will see a one or two percent increase." 

Way to go, America. 

This video includes clips from the Smithsonian ChannelExpedia and Government of the District of Columbia and images from whologwhy / CC BY 2.0m01229 / CC BY 2.0 and Larry Johnson / CC BY 2.0.