By: Julie Knight, RID
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released the 2017 findings of the American Fitness Index (AFI) report. The AFI findings assist communities to identify opportunities to improve residents’ health and to help use community assets to better support a healthy and active lifestyle.
The AFI report measures personal health, preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions and community and environmental resources and policies that help to support physical activity. As well as, it measures the demographic and economic diversity in each of the 50 largest metropolitan U.S. cities.
This year the #1 ranked metropolitan area is Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota-Wisconsin with a score of 80.2. Second place goes to Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia with a score of 79.2.
How did Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana metro area rank? Our home town came in 48 of 50 with a score of only 29.9. What does this mean? Our area does not have as much access to parks, biking and walking zones or recreation centers. And our residents smoke more and have much higher rates of diabetes and heart disease.
Want to know more about this and how to improve your health and that of our community?