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America’s (un)fittest cities

Today, I read online the Top 5 fittest and sluggish cities in America. The top 5 fittest were not too surprising, including Washington D.C., Boston, and Seattle. But what did shock me was #5 on the most sluggish list…Louisville, KY.

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The list, which is put together by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) American Fitness Index, shows that Louisville actually got worse from 2009 to 2010, dropping from 38th down to 46th in the rankings of the 50 largest metro areas and their health stats, including “preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access, and community resources and policies that support physical activity.”

I guess it shouldn’t surprise me. I actually still have to do a double take when I see someone out walking or riding a bike, unless it’s right next to a park. But it just makes me sad since I live here and I do make fitness such a priority for me, in my own life. But I used to be unhealthy and sluggish myself. So I guess I fit in more in my hometown back then.

xmas2005(Me and Josh, Christmas 2005)

xmas2009  (Happier and healthier, Christmas 2009)

However, I sort of feel like it’s a sign. I’ve long been interested in a career in the health and fitness field (which I am now going to school for) and what better place to use that interest to promote fitness in such a sluggish place?

There are already some local efforts going on today, like the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown movement and a city-wide weight loss program called Lose It! Louisville.

And I do have hope that some day, Louisville will be fitter and hopefully lose their place on the “sluggish” list for good! I hope I can be a part of that.

How does your city rank? Check out the original article here and the full list of 50 here.