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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Healthiest City in the U.S. Is......

What U.S. city do you think is the healthiest? There are actually 20 that made it on Forbes most recent list of "America's 20 Top Healthiest Cities," but this one was ranked No. 1. Can you guess which one?

America's 20 Top Healthiest Cities -- Here are the Top 10

#1 - Minneapolis, MN - is ranked at the top of the list due to its clean air, abundance of parks and open areas where residents can walk, bike trails, and there are no-smoking rules in public places. The city also has lots of fitness centers and winter sports to keep residents active during the cold season.
#2 - Washington, D.C. - has made it on the list year after year and boasts a lower death rate from diabetes and lower rate for heart disease. D.C. offers plenty of exercise options for residents with recreation centers, parks, and swimming pools, and the National Mall where residents walk during the winter. The city also has a high number of health care providers.
#3 - Boston, MA - 80 percent of Boston's residents report they have exercised in the last 30 days, and the city has a lower obesity and diabetes rate than other large cities. An abundance of farmers markets encourage healthy eating, with 25 percent of residents eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
#4 -Portland, OR - Portland has a vast amount of farmers markets, parks, health care facilities -- all of which contribute toward exercise and healthy eating. Many of the city's residents also walk or ride their bikes to work.
#5 - Denver, CO - it comes as no surprise that Denver made the list. Denver has a reputation for lower obesity, heart disease, diabetes and asthma, and 61 percent of its residents are in very good to excellent health.
#6 - San Francisco, CA - only 8 percent of Frisco residents smoke, compared to the national average of 18 percent. Residents walk or bike to work, so obesity and diabetes are lower in San Francisco. Fresh produce is in abundance with 26 percent of residents eating 5 or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
#7 - Hartford, CT - this eastern city has a high number of places for residents to exercise, like swimming pools, ball diamonds, and recreation centers. Most people in this affluent city also have health insurance which also contributes toward good health.
#8 - Seattle, WA - residents here are less likely to suffer from heart disease and diabetes. One reason is they smoke far less than other large city residents, and they have lots of farmers markets. Residents also love to walk or ride their bikes to work.
#9 - Virginia Beach, VA - excellent access to medical care with 89 percent of residents insured is just one reason why this city is on the list of healthy cities. The city also boasts lower levels of heart disease, perhaps due to the abundance of places for residents to exercise.
#10 - Sacramento, CA - 30 percent of Sacramento residents eat their fruits and vegetables, and also take advantage of the city's swimming pools, dog parks, golf courses and playgrounds to stay fit and healthy.

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