Despite heart attack, Rybak named to fittest mayors list


Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has been named one of the fittest mayors in the United States, despite having a heart attack days after leaving office.

Rybak, known for his cheeky tweets, responded:

Minneapolis and St. Paul have topped numerous lists naming them as some of the healthiest and most physically fit places to live, including three years atop American College of Sports Medicine's annual rankings for the fittest metro area. That, among other reasons, is why Health Fitness Revolution magazine named Rybak as one of the fittest mayors in the country.

The magazine says Rybak is a fitness enthusiast who is very proud of his city, who has urged residents to get off their couches and exercise, no matter the season. The magazine also notes that Rybak was named by Men's Fitness as the "Fittest Mayor in America" because of his exercise routine in 2006.

And, after having a heart attack (which was related to family history, not lack of exercise) while skiing in Theodore Wirth Park in January, he's made a fast recovery and continues to be physically active.

Rybak participated in the Loppet, a cross-country skiing event, a month after his heart attack.

Health Fitness Revolution looked at fitness levels, nutrition habits, age, medical issues (and how they coped with them), and their involvement in promoting a healthy lifestyle to make the list, but didn't rank the mayors in any particular order.

The list includes current mayors and ones who recently left office. The magazine hopes the list helps inspire other mayors to lead healthy lives and show their cities how to do the same.

Here are the others who made the list:

– Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
– Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker
– Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
– Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
– Ogden, Utah Mayor Mike Caldwell
– Moscow, Idaho Mayor Nancy Chaney
– Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrien Fenty
– Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
– Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

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