For the third year in a row, the Twin Cities top the list of healthiest and fittest metropolitan areas in the country.
The American Fitness Index takes several factors into consideration, looking at health and community fitness status of 50 cities in the U.S. – and the Twin Cites yet again have two very proud mayors who are focused on maintaining the fit title.
The Index looks access to exercise points, smoking rates, access to health care and obesity rates. Washington, D.C. takes second place, as Portland ranks third. San Antonio, Detroit and Oklahoma City are deemed the most unfit cities, taking the last three spots this year.
As hoops are shot near Como Lake in St. Paul, clubs swing on the course just a few blocks away, while soccer players get out for a pickup game at Sea Foam Stadium.
Pickup soccer participant Bryan Hollaway moved to Minnesota in October from Atlanta, which ranks #22 on the list.
"The difference between here and where I used to live in Atlanta is the access to the different amenities. So, the bike trails, and the number of soccer fields and baseball fields, and even during the winter I was surprised."
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was proud to achieve the title yet again.
"This is a city where four season we get off the couch," he said. "Three times in a row is pretty darn good, there's no question Minneapolis-St Paul is the most active metro area in the country and we're not losing that title."
Back in St. Paul, Mayor Chris Coleman says there's still a lot to be done to tackle obesity
"We're not seeing a lot of activities in our schools. A lot of those recreational classes have been cut because of budget constraints, and so what I hope is that we can expand those programs," Coleman said.
While our Atlanta friend soaks up a good game, he's glad Minneapolis is his new home.
"It doesn't surprise me at all that we're number one," Bryan said.