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Boston is 2nd Healthiest City in US

6/29/2010 01:15:00 AM
According to Shape magazine, we're the 2nd healthiest city in the United States.  Apparently, the only folks healthier than us are the folks in DC.  Keep up the good work guys, because I'm pretty sure I'm bringing down the average. 

The fittest cities in the U.S. don't all have balmy weather year-round; state-of-the-art, celeb-packed gyms; or legions of super buff locals strutting around in size 4 jeans. What they do have is a commitment to public parks and bike lanes, and active citizens with low rates of obesity, smoking, and chronic illnesses, like heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. To find these fitness hot spots, Shape partnered with the American College of Sports Medicine for its annual American Fitness Index (AFI). 

Commuters in Beantown are twice as likely to use public transportation than other cities' denizens, so they spend more time walking and less time trapped in traffic. Boston's relatively young and well-educated population also boasts below-average obesity rates, with more than 60 percent describing themselves as in excellent or very good health. 

Writing up this entry has almost made me feel guilty enough to start running outside again.  I did buy new running shoes afterall......

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