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Raleigh-Cary metro ranks 13th on 'Fit City' index

Rebecca Troyer                                                  A group of runners in a cross country race.
Triangle Business Journal
The Raleigh-Cary metro ranks 13th on a national index of fitness.The 2014 American Fitness Index report prepared by the American College of Sports Medicine measures multiple factors of a community’s health and fitness, and Raleigh-Cary is the only North Carolina metro in the top 20. Charlotte ranks 27th.

Washington, D.C. is No. 1, but all other cities in the top 15 are in non-Southern states.

“Health advocates and community leaders have come to expect the arrival of the American Fitness Index as an annual check-up regarding their community’s health and fitness levels,” said Walter Thompson chairman of the AFI Advisory Board in a release. “The AFI data report is a snapshot of the state of health in the community and an evaluation of the infrastructure, community assets and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles.”

Here are the top 15 fittest cities as ranked by AFI:

1. Washington, D.C.

2. Minneapolis-St. Paul

3. Portland

4. Denver

5. San Francisco

6. San Jose, Calif.

7. Seattle

8. San Diego

9. Boston

10. Sacramento

11. Salt Lake City

12. Hartford

13. Raleigh

14. Austin

15. Chicago


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