Healthy Choices

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May 29, 2013
Sacramento ranks seventh in U.S. cities fitness index

So you are fit and working at getting fitter: That's the good news from the American College of Sports Medicine.

The organization's American Fitness Index rates the nation's top 50 largest metro areas with what it calls "an annual physical." The process involves investigating U.S. Census data as well as U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and land use data.

Sacramento came up seventh with 66.8 points, ahead of Austin, Seattle and San Jose.

But we did drop a ranking from last year, when we were sixth at 68.4.

That means that in planning our communities, we didn't do quite as well at integrating fitness opportunities -- such as enough parks, bike lanes, pedestrian trails.

We're good, but we can do better.

For more information, or to see the rankings for yourself (Minneapolis-St. Paul was No. 1 two years in a row), go to AmericanFitnessIndex.org.

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About Healthy Choices

Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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