Study: Columbus is least fit major city in Ohio

The survey found Columbus is the 38th fittest city in the United States, behind both Cleveland and Cincinnati.

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, Columbus doesn’t rank well nationally.

According to the latest American Fitness Index report, Columbus is just the 38th fittest city in the United States. 77 percent of people did say they exercised in the last month, but the survey concluded that 33 percent of people living in Columbus are considered Obese. The city also has a higher than average smoker rate at 18.8% and ranked lower than the national average when it came to overall healthy habits, including eating fruits and veggies.

Columbus is also the least fit of the major cities in Ohio. Cleveland ranked 25th on the list. Cincinnati ranked 23rd.

The fittest city nationwide, for the 3rd year in a row, is Washington D.C. The result found 80 percent of people in our nation’s capitol did some sort of physical activity in the last 30 days. Only 3 percent have heart disease, 8 percent have diabetes and 25 percent are considered obese. Overall, 59 percent of people in Washington DC are in excellent or very good health.

The survey also uncovered a trend that 76.8 percent of Americans reported exercising within the past 30 days, which is up from 68.7 percent in 2015. That’s an increase of 11.8 percent.

The top 10 cities are:

  1. Washington D.C.
  2. Minneapolis
  3. Denver
  4. Portland
  5. San Francisco
  6. Seattle
  7. Boston
  8. Salt Lake City
  9. Hartford, CT
  10. San Diego

The report also indicates some other positive overall trends, including:

  • 4.7 percent decrease in people who smoked
  • 7.4 percent drop in diabetes death rate
  • 5.2 percent increase per resident spending on parks

As far as the least fit cities in the Unite States:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Detroit
  3. Orlando
  4. Birmingham
  5. San Antonio
  6. Nashville
  7. Memphis
  8. Louisville
  9. Oklahoma City
  10. Indianapolis

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