Oklahoma City ranked one of the nation’s least fit cities, report shows

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City is one of the least fit cities in the country, according to the American Fitness Index.

The American Fitness Index report has provided a snapshot of health and fitness across the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas, and Washington D.C. has topped the list for the third year in a row as the “Nation’s Fittest City.”

Oklahoma City was named one of the least fit, ranking 49th.

The report is based on several health behaviors and environmental factors in a city.

The cities that ranked towards the top of the list have more people who walk and use public transportation, along with more parks and open areas to exercise.

They also had fewer cardiovascular issues.

“All cities are commended for their areas of excellence and encouraged to focus future efforts on their improvement priority areas to achieve a healthy and active population,” the AFI report states.

Some of Oklahoma City’s “areas of excellence” (at or better than target goal) include:

  • More acres of parkland per capita
  • More farmers’ markets per capita
  • More golf courses per capita

The list of the city’s “improvement priority areas” was much longer.

The “improvement priority areas” (worse than 20% of target goal) include:

  • Lower percent meeting CDC aerobic activity guidelines
  • Lower percent meeting both CDC aerobic and strength activity guidelines
  • Lower percent consuming 2+ fruits per day
  • Lower percent consuming 3+ vegetables per day
  • Higher percent currently smoking
  • Higher percent obese
  • Higher percent with asthma
  • Higher percent with angina or coronary heart disease
  • Higher percent with diabetes
  • Higher death rate for cardiovascular disease
  • Higher death rate for diabetes
  • Lower percent of city land area as parkland
  • Lower percent using public transportation to work
  • Lower percent bicycling or walking to work
  • Lower Walk Score®
  • Lower percent of population within a 10 minute walk to a park
  • Fewer ball diamonds per capita
  • Fewer dog parks per capita
  • Fewer park units per capita
  • Fewer swimming pools per capita
  • Fewer tennis courts per capita
  • Lower park-related expenditures per capita
  • Lower level of state requirement for Physical Education classes
Oklahoma City, OK - 2016, American Fitness Index
Oklahoma City, OK – 2016, American Fitness Index

You can see how the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas rank in the list below:

  1. Washington, DC
  2. Minneapolis
  3. Denver
  4. Portland, OR
  5. San Francisco
  6. Seattle
  7.  Boston
  8. Salt Lake City
  9. Hartford, CT
  10. San Jose, CA
  11. San Diego
  12. Chicago
  13. Sacramento
  14. Atlanta
  15. Tie: Austin and Raleigh
  16. Tie: Austin and Raleigh
  17. Baltimore
  18. Richmond, VA
  19. Virginia Beach
  20. Milwaukee
  21. Providence, RI
  22. New York City
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Philadelphia
  25. Cleveland
  26. Tampa, FL
  27. Pittsburgh
  28. St. Louis
  29. Los Angeles
  30. Kansas City
  31. Jacksonville, FL
  32. Miami
  33. New Orleans
  34. Phoenix
  35. Buffalo
  36. Riverside, CA
  37. Dallas
  38. Columbus, OH
  39. Charlotte, NC
  40. Houston
  41. Las Vegas
  42. Detroit
  43. Orlando
  44. Birmingham, AL
  45. San Antonio, TX
  46. Nashville
  47. Memphis
  48. Louisville, KY
  49. Oklahoma City
  50.  Indianapolis



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