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In the News: America's Fittest Cities

No matter from where you hail, have you ever wondered about the health of your hometown? Well, the American College of Sports Medicine may have the answers. The ACSM has released their 2010 American Fitness Index report, ranking 50 communities on over 30 different health factors to determine the fittest (and least fit) cities in America. Factors included both personal health indicators and community/environmental indicators. After some calculations, each community was given an overall fit score and ranked accordingly.

This year's top 5 fittest cities in America are:
1. Washington, DC
2. Boston, MA
3. Minneapolis, MN
4. Seattle, WA
5. Portland, OR

Hopkins' own Baltimore, MD was just above the median and ranked 20th. The least fit cities in America were:
46. Louisville, KY
47. Detroit, MI
48. Memphis, TN
49. Birmingham, AL
50. Oklahoma City, OK

The complete study and fit list is available in the full report (linked above), or for a snapshot, you can click here. Where does your community rank?