DC loses title as 'America's Fittest City'

DC loses title as 'America's Fittest City'
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Minneapolis has overtaken Washington, D.C., as the nation's fittest city, according to an annual list.

The American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation on Wednesday released their yearly rankings of the fittest metropolitan areas in the U.S., putting an end to the District's three-year streak at the No. 1 spot.

The nation's capital now ranks No. 2, below Minneapolis. D.C. is followed by the San Francisco metropolitan area.

Denver previously ranked third on the list, but fell to seventh place in the 2017 rankings.

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Among the improvements the study recommends for Washington is creating more parkland, playgrounds and baseball diamonds.

The study also looks at long-term indicators of health, such as smoking rates, rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and the number of residents in a given area walking, biking or taking public transportation to and from work.

Overall, the study found, smoking and diabetes rates are on the decline, while the number of farmers markets has increased and cities are spending more on public parks. 

"Cities that ranked near the top of the index have more strengths and resources that support healthy living and fewer challenges that hinder it," according to the study. "The opposite is true for cities near the bottom of the index." 

Out of the 50 metropolitan areas ranked, Indianapolis (48), Oklahoma City (49) and Louisville, Ky. (50) ranked in the last three spots.

The top-10 ranked metro areas are:

Minneapolis-St. Paul

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C. and Va.

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass. and N.H.

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo.

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore. and Wash.

Salt Lake City

San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif.