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Milwaukee is Getting Fitter!

David Schuyler
Digital Producer- The Business Journal

Milwaukee-area residents aren’t among the fittest in the nation — but they’re not the least fit either.

The Milwaukee metropolitan area ranks 26th out of the 50 largest metros in the country. That’s according to the Indianapolis-based American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index, which ranks the top 50 metros in the U.S. in terms of “health and community fitness.”

The organization studied preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access and community resources and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles.

Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked number one, repeating its run at the top for the third straight year. Minneapolis was followed by Washington, D.C., and Portland. San Francisco, Denver, Boston, Sacramento, Seattle, Hartford, Conn., and San Jose, Calif., round out the top 10. The least fit metro in the country was Oklahoma City, which ranked just below Detroit.

The Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area scored 51.2 out of 100 in the American College of Sports Medicine’s system, a score that puts us closer to Oklahoma City (31.2) than the Twin Cities (78.2). Still, metro Milwaukee improved its score from 46.8 a year ago, when it ranked 30th.

So what are Milwaukee area’s strengths and weaknesses? Click on the slideshow for important facts about Milwaukee.

“We have issued the American Fitness Index each year since 2008 to help health advocates and community leader advocates improve the quality of life in their hometowns,” said Walter Thompson, chair of the AFI Advisory Board. “As urban areas attract more and more residents, it’s imperative for cities to create a built environment, fund amenities and form policies that get residents active and encourage healthy lifestyles.”

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