The Fittest US City Is...
Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 31, 2014 2:30 PM CDT
The fittest city in the US, according to the American Fitness Index, is Washington, DC.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index, the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like diet and smoking; local recreational spots, like playgrounds; use of public transportation; and amount of parkland, USA Today reports. Washington, DC, comes out on top after three years of victory for Minneapolis-St. Paul, which this year comes in second. The rest of the top five:

  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. Denver
  3. San Francisco

And the bottom five of the country's 50 biggest cities:

  1. Nashville
  2. Indianapolis
  3. Oklahoma City
  4. Louisville
  5. Memphis
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Crazy Horse
Jun 3, 2014 9:54 AM CDT
Four of the bottom five are barbeque states. My favorite food in America comes from the southern states. The south was way ahead of it's time in the "raw food" movement, but unfortunately it never went further than oysters.
Jun 2, 2014 6:48 PM CDT
I thought that L.A. was the fattiest City by looking at people who walk around.
Buck Jackson
Jun 1, 2014 5:13 PM CDT
I seriously doubt that DC even makes it into the top 50,much less number one,DC has nothing but a bunch of obese politicians and drug addled minorities,the next thing you know they'll be saying that DC is the safest city in the country,what a friggin joke.