Minneapolis, St. Paul are no longer the fittest cities in America

Last year it was the fittest metro, now it's settling for 2nd and 8th places.
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Quick, Twin Cities residents, stop reading and go for a jog immediately!

Except no...don't stop reading, we need you, but definitely think about going for a run AFTER you've finished this story.

That's because shock, horror, Minneapolis and St. Paul are no longer the fittest cities in America.

Yes, that's the verdict of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which on Tuesday released its 2018 American Fitness Index that last year was topped by the Twin Cities.

That's not the case this year, in part because the index has been expanded to now include America's 100 biggest cities – last year it was the Top 50 metro areas.

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The Twin Cities was the healthiest metro area in 2017, but now Minneapolis and St. Paul are treated as separate cities.

As a result, Minneapolis is now the 2nd fittest city in America, behind Arlington, Virginia.

Still, 2nd is pretty damn good and when you consider that St. Paul is in 8th, it paints a picture of relative health for the Twin Cities.

The index ranks America's largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic disease levels and local fitness infrastructure.

The Twin Cities scored well in most areas, while St. Paul ranked the highest in the nation for having the most baseball/softball diamonds per capita.

Minneapolis scored pretty highly for having the most farmer's markets per million residents – it has 70 per million, compared to the national average of 18.

Interesting findings from the study

The ACSM says that the overall findings are somewhat worrying given the country's obesity issues, finding overall that only 22 percent of Americans meet "aerobic and strength activity levels."

Here are some other interesting tidbits from the report:

– 35 percent of residents in all cities said their mental health was not good in. the past 30 days.

– 65.4 percent of all residents said they were getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night (how?!).

– 30 percent of adults said they were eating at least two servings of fruit a day, but only 18 percent said they were getting 3 or more vegetables a day.

– 4.6 percent of residents walk or bike to work, while 65.7 percent are within a 10 minute walk of a park.

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