The health and wellness industry is growing at an unprecedented rate. Since 2014 alone the Healthy Eating/Nutrition/Weight Loss industry has grown to be $574 billion market, which is a 108% growth since 2010 (from $276.5 billion).
With 36.7% of Americans being considered obese, and 68.8% considered overweight, it’s time for a change.
In the spirit of healthy living we thought it would be useful to list the 10 Healthiest Cities in America as outlined by the American College of Sports Medicine in their 2015 Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas.
10. San Jose, CA
California’s largest city, San Jose, is known for its organic produce and outdoor recreation. Residents eat locally for most of the year thanks to eighteen different community gardens. The city allows vendors to sell fruit and vegetables outside of school, libraries, and churches so that everyone has access to healthy food. Alum Rock Park is where most San Jose residents hike, bike, and explore.
9. Boston, MA
Residents of Boston, Massachusetts, are healthy eaters and avid walkers. There are many farmers’ markets in the area, and many people walk along Boston Harbor or the Freedom Trail. In Boston 80% of the population reportedly exercised in the past month and almost 50% consider themselves to be active people. There are very low rates of diabetes, obesity and a lower than average number of smokers.
8. Seattle, WA
In Seattle, Washington, residents eat well and spend plenty of time outdoors. There are many farmers’ markets and schools have a very strict physical education requirements. The people of Seattle have lower risks of diabetes, anginas, or heart disease. Most residents are smoke-free (86.9%) and choose to walk or bike to work, instead of taking their vehicles or other means of public transportation.
7. Portland, OR
The people of Portland, Oregon are known for their quirky and eccentric natures, but they’re also very healthy individuals. They love working out in the outdoors and consuming vegetarian and vegan food options. Most residents walk or bike to work and they frequently visit farmers’ markets. Portland also prides itself on high health care availability.
6. Denver, CO
In Denver, Colorado, 61% of residents are considered to be in excellent or very good health, thanks to lower than average rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and asthma. People keep themselves in shape by visiting the many recreational centers that Denver has to offer. Many residents swim, play tennis and golf, or take their dogs for walks to the many dog parks.
5. Sacramento, CA
Not only is Sacramento, California the most affordable place to live in wine country, it also boast an extremely healthy population. From the residents that kayak on Lake Natoma to the thousands of participants that ran in the walk to support the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, the people in Sacramento are committed to living a healthy lifestyle.
4. San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, California possesses a low percentage of people that smoke; only 8% of the population hasn’t kicked the habit. There is also a high amount of farmers’ markets and grocery stores that offer an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. Not to mention easy access to primary care providers, which results in a low number of people that struggle with diabetes or obesity.
3. San Diego, CA
San Diego has been dubbed “America’s Finest City”, and a large part of that is because of how happy and healthy its population is. Residents engage in a multitude of physical activities, including surfing. Only 23% of the population is considered to be obese. San Diegans also eat a higher number of fruit and vegetables than the national average.
2. Minneapolis, MN
Residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, keep themselves fit by making exercise a big part of their daily routine. Minneapolis is one of the first cities in America to ban public smoking and build bike trails. Not to mention the clean air and the amount of golf courses, playgrounds, dog parks, and baseball fields in the area. There’s always something physical and fun to do in Minneapolis.
1. Washington, D.C
The American Fitness Index ranked Washington, D.C at the top of the list for “Healthiest Cities in America” for many reasons. Washington boasts a low smoking rate, residents jog, and bike on a daily basis, and there is a higher than normal amount of recreation centers, including tennis courts and swimming pools. There are many farmer’s markets and health care providers, and low rates of diabetes and heart disease.