MSP among America's "happiest, healthiest" metros, HuffPo study says

We're healthy. We're happy. We love lists.
We're healthy. We're happy. We love lists.

In case you haven't caught the drift from our first 216 posts along these lines, here's some news for ya: Relatively speaking, Twin Citians are healthy.

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The latest evidence on this score comes from the Huffington Post, which ranked MSP third on its list of the country's "healthiest, happiest" cities.

The HuffPo study "painstakingly evaluated 100 of the nation's largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness and well-being," including good stuff like "access to green space and concert halls to number of farmers' markets (not to mention the inclination to eat five fruits and veggies a day)" and bad stuff like disease incidence, depression measures, unemployment rates, and crime stats.

Lo and behold, MSP ranked behind only San Jose and Salt Lake City.

HuffPo's remarks about the Twin Cities laud the area for our cycling culture.

"It's part of the fabric of our work here," Courtney Jordan Baechler, M.D., a cardiologist at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, told the HuffPo. "People have spent decades boosting heart health by making the area more bikeable, for example, and offering cholesterol and blood pressure screenings to everyone."

Here's the top 10 list of the "happiest, healthiest" metros, which is surprisingly heavy on midwestern cities.

1. San Jose
2. Salt Lake City
3. MSP
4. Anaheim
5. San Diego
6. Fargo
7. San Francisco
8. Madison
9. Sioux Falls
10. Honolulu

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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