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Salt Lake Area Ranks 11th for Fitness

Press Release

May 30, 2014

Salt Lake City has been ranked the 11th fittest of the nation's 50 largest metro areas. The American Fitness Index (AFI), a report by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Wellpoint, ranked cities based on preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, and community resources and policies that support physical activity.

Salt Lake earned a score of 65.7 out of a possible 100. Washington D.C. ranked first with a score of 77.3.

The 2014 edition of the AFI data report used revised methods from the first six full-edition reports, released from 2008 to 2013. New variables, including each community’s walk score ranking, have been added or modified, and some variables have been removed to improve and enhance the 2014 data report. The Salt Lake area ranked 8th for personal health and 17th for community health, for an overall rank of 11.

“The AFI data report is a snapshot of the state of health in the community and an evaluation of the infrastructure, community assets and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles," said Walter Thompson, chair of the AFI Advisory Board. "These measures directly affect quality of life in our country’s urban areas.”

To assist with measurement and to provide a baseline measure of health and fitness status, ACSM worked with the Indiana University School of Family Medicine and a panel of 26 health and physical activity experts on the methodology of the AFI data report. Researchers analyzed the data gleaned from U.S. Census data, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), The Trust for the Public Land City Park Facts and other existing research data in order to give a scientific, accurate snapshot of the health and fitness status at a metropolitan level.

For a complete list of Salt Lake City’s areas of excellence and improvement priorities, plus a breakdown of the components that helped make up its score, visit the AFI website at AmericanFitnessIndex.org and download the metro area report.

The metropolitan rankings included in the 2014 AFI report are:

Rank

Metropolitan Area

2014 Score

1.

Washington, D.C.

77.3

2.

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

73.5

3.

Portland, Ore.

72.1

4.

Denver, Colo.

71.7

5.

San Francisco, Calif.

71.0

6.

San Jose, Calif.

69.4

7.

Seattle, Wash.

69.3

8.

San Diego, Calif.

69.2

9.

Boston, Mass.

69.1

10.

Sacramento, Calif.

66.9

11.

Salt Lake City, Utah

65.7

12.

Hartford, Conn.

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