If you live in Washington D.C., then yes…you do live in America’s fittest city.

At least, according to the fine folks at the American Fitness Index.

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So, what makes Washington such an uber-fit place to live?

Lets see…..money, healthy food, lots of parks, phys ed in school, farmers’ markets, bicycling, transit, recreation centers & lots of doctors…

And how come Oklahoma City is so uber-fat?

….less money, less healthy food, fewer parks, less phys ed, fewer farmers’ markets, less cycling, inferior public transit, not as many rec centers and fewer doctors.

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So, what’s your hometown like?

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Is it more like the nation’s Fit Capital or the nation’s Fat Capital?

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What can you do to improve your city’s ranking?

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  • Contact your local politicians and give them this info…and tell them to get to work
  • Organize a Facebook / Meetup group of concerned citizens
  • Contact Gary Oppenheimer and start up a food pantry
  • Tell your school board that you want phys-ed for your kids
  • Help to reclaim your city’s parks
  • Buy a bicycle and ride it…put a basket on it and go get some vegetables from your food pantry
  • Start a farmers’ market
  • Make use of the $7.5 billion being spent on transit infrastructure as part of the stimulus package.
  • Sign up for a course at your local rec center
  • Eat more vegetables – Eat less junk food
  • Organize walking / fitness groups (ask Health Habits to design a group training program – or hire a trainer – way cheaper than Boot Camp)
  • suggestions???

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    1. Why yes, I do live in (well, just outside of) Washington DC. And it is true that we can’t move without tripping over farmers’ markets. But the supermarkets also have amazing produce.

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