San Diego fitness ranking among metropolitan regions drops in new report

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego region saw a drop among the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the country in the ninth annual American Fitness Index. The American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation listed San Diego at the 10th healthiest region, a steep drop from placing third last year. 

The new report found that fewer people have exercised over the past month, more people were obese, mental health was becoming a larger problem and asthma was on the rise. 71.4 percent of San Diegans reported they engaged in physical activity over the past 30 days. 23 percent were obese, 37 percent reported their physical health has been poor in the last month and 37 percent reported poor mental health. 

Other criteria used include park and recreation centers per capita, fruit and vegetable consumption, meeting aerobic activity guidelines, quantity of farmers’ markets and percentage of commuting done via walking of bicycle riding. The report used data aggregated from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and city park facts from The Trust for the Public Land. 

The fittest metro areas were Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim region was ranked 29th. 

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