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    Nation's Capital Is Fittest City in U.S., According to American College of Sports Medicine

    May 26, 2009 -- Washington, D.C., tops the American College of Sports Medicine's new list of America's fittest cities.

    The list is based on personal factors -- including the percentage of residents who smoke, are obese, get regular physical activity, eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and have conditions such as diabetes and heart disease -- and on local resources, such as parks, farmers' markets, number of primary health care providers, and crime rates.

    Data came from sources including the CDC, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the nonprofit Trust for the Public Land.

    Here is how the cities ranked:

    1. Washington, D.C.
    2. Minneapolis-St. Paul
    3. Denver
    4. Boston
    5. San Francisco
    6. Seattle
    7. Portland
    8. San Diego
    9. Austin, Texas
    10. Virginia Beach, Va.
    11. Hartford, Conn.
    12. Sacramento, Calif.
    13. San Jose, Calif.
    14. Cincinnati
    15. Atlanta
    16. Pittsburgh
    17. Milwaukee, Wis.
    18. Buffalo, N.Y.
    19. Baltimore
    20. Raleigh, N.C.
    21. Kansas City, Mo./Kan.
    22. New York
    23. Tampa, Fla.
    24. Cleveland
    25. Chicago
    26. Nashville, Tenn.
    27. Philadelphia
    28. Jacksonville, Fla.
    29. Columbus, Ohio
    30. Los Angeles
    31. Miami
    32. Phoenix
    33. St. Louis
    34. Charlotte, N.C.
    35. Dallas
    36. Indianapolis
    37. Memphis, Tenn.
    38. Louisville, Ky.
    39. San Antonio
    40. Riverside, Calif.
    41. Houston
    42. Las Vegas
    43. Birmingham, Ala.
    44. Detroit
    45. Oklahoma City, Okla.

    Five cities -- Orlando, Fla.; Providence, R.I.; Richmond, Va.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Salt Lake City -- weren't rated because of a lack of community/environmental data.

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