Louisville comes in third to last in fitness and health ranking of 50 largest cities

Rowing under California’s Bay Bridge (Photo by City Kayak)

In a fitness ranking of the country’s 50 largest cities, Louisville ranked an abysmal 48th, sitting just above Detroit and Oklahoma City.

These were some of the results of the American College of Sports Medicine‘s 2012 Fitness Index. Cities were assessed on preventive health behaviors; levels of chronic disease; health care access; and community resources and policies that support physical activity such as bike lanes and parks.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked first for the second year in a row, scoring 77.2 out of a possible 100 points. Louisville got just 32.1 points, but it did climb up one ranking slot over 2011’s assessment.

The index is gaining notoriety and “might well become the scorecard for cities looking to attract health-conscious companies and people to settle in for a spell,” reports Melissa Healy for the Los Angeles Times. “It draws on parks and recreation data from the Trust for Public Land, on nutrition and health behavior collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and on federally tallied school report cards to learn about school policies that promote fitness.” (Read more)

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