Thursday, February 14, 2008

Albuquerque Ranked #3 on Top 10 Fittest Cities In America

According to the annual study by Men's Fitness magazine Albuquerque has been ranked #3 on The Top 10 Fittest Cities in 2008. For the study, the magazine takes almost two dozen factors into account, such as a city's sports participation rates, time spent working out, number of parks, average commute time, television viewing rates and legislative health initiatives. Below are some of the positive facts the study noted about our town: • Our city's 361 parks are among the most in the nation on a per-capita basis. • Mayor Martin J. Chavez sets a positive example, exercising as much as 5 days per week and also participates in more fitness-related events than most mayors. • Albuquerque residents participate in sports much more than average - 8 percent more than average. • Albuquerque's park acreage per capita is 278 percent higher than average and the 2nd highest in their survey. Research has found a connection between access to parks and green space and reduced obesity rates. Although the study is not scientific, Men's Fitness magazine indicated they put out the fittest and fattest lists each year for one reason -- "to motivate folks to look at simple things in their lives they can do to be healthy." The study examines lifestyle factors in each city, including fast-food restaurants per capita and availability of gyms or bike paths. Congratulations Albuquerque! Click here for a link to BIKE PATHS IN ALBUQUERQUE
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