Where you live can make a big difference in the health of your body.Â Certain cities and areas allow you to breathe cleaner air, and certain places place more priority on eating healthy and exercising.Â If research is to be believed, where you can live can directly affect the health of your heart and all systems of your body.Â If you are looking for somewhere to live that can help you to get healthy and prioritize your health, consider one of the following cities on the list of the healthiest cities in the United States, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, or ASCM.
The ACSM examined several factors that can influence the health of any city.Â These factors also showed that cities that value them had lower rates of obesity, smoking and cardiovascular disease.
- Smoking bans in public places (indoors and outdoors)
- New parks added
- Increased amount of hiking and biking trails
- Population that prioritizes healthy habits
[box type=”note”]Each of these items was researched as a factor in the health level of each city investigated. By ranking each city out of 100 possible points, the ASCM discovered which cities in America are the healthiest, and in turn, likely to have residents who live longer.[/box]
1. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota was one of the first states to add bike trails and to ban smoking in public places.Â These and other factors increased the health of this large city to the point that it was ranked first on the list of healthy cities.Â Residents of this great city are less likely to have heart disease, diabetes and asthma, and are more likely to be in excellent shape.Â Minneapolis also offers many large open spaces and walking areas that encourage residents to leave the home and walk.Â Along with a large number of ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and recreation centers, these areas greatly increase the health of the citizens of Minneapolis.