[Moderated by Matt Jones]
The American College of Sports Medicine ranked the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas in its 2014 American Fitness Index, which combines health behaviors, rates of chronic health problems, and community indicators such as parks, other recreational facilities, and farmers’ markets. And according to said 2014 American Fitness Index, the good people of Louisville and the Jefferson County area need to get their lazy butts off the couch and find some exercise.
According to the study, only 50th-ranked Memphis is in worse shape than Louisville when it comes to producing a clean bill of health. Kentucky’s largest city and its surrounding area ranked 49th on the list of 50, while Washington D.C. proved to be the healthiest of the bunch at No. 1. D.C. earned a score of 77.3 out of 100 possible points, three times better than Louisville’s 25.7.
Even worse, Louisville came in dead last in the personal health category, meaning it is time to put down the Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Marlboro Reds and pick up a dumbbell or golf club. The study found that only 12 percent of the population eats three vegetables per day, while 26 percent smoke cigarettes.
The good news? There is plenty of room to improve before the 2015 American Fitness Index. Let’s go for a jog.
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