Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked 3rd fittest city in America
Despite being the home of the Jucy Lucy, we're still pretty fit
In all of the United States, only No. 1-ranked Washington, D.C., and No. 2 Boston, Mass., are fitter than the Twin Cities. The rest are flabby, flabbier, flabbiest (we're looking at you, Oklahoma City).
That's what the American College of Sports Medicine said after it looked at the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country and measured them against 30 factors; everything from disease and obesity rates to dog parks and exercise rates are thrown into the mix. The result is the American Fitness Index.
Our guess we'd be No. 1 were it not for the truckloads of deep-fried glop and goo we consume on a stick every year at the State Fair.
The study encompasses more than just the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, pulling in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, Wright, Pierce, and St. Croix in Wisconsin.
Mayor R.T. Rybak took note of the ranking with some pride on his Facebook page, the same day he boasted that he'd just taken his earliest-in-the-year swim in Lake Calhoun.
Meanwhile, down in Oklahoma City, the Mayor Mick Cornett knows he's got a problem on his hands. The city launched ThisCityIsGoingOnADiet.com a few years ago. To date, it has 41,000 members who together say they've lost a half-million pounds.
The Top 5 fittest cities:
1. Washington, D.C. 2. Boston, Mass. 3. Minneapolis, Minn. 4. Seattle, Wash. 5. Portland, Ore.
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