Tuesday January 10, 2006
Ranking recognizes city’s parks, recreation facilities and lifestyle, progress to be made in nutrition and physical activity.
Men’s Fitness Magazine has ranked Louisville the 9th fittest city in America in its February 2006 edition. Louisville made the magazine’s list of the nation’s top 25 fittest cities for the first time this year.
Men’s Fitness cited "civic legislation and leadership" as a factor in Louisville’s making the fittest-cities list. According to the magazine’s website, www.mensfitness.com, Abramson "participates in more than a dozen public runs and walks annually, including the Healthy Hometown Hike and Bike. He also works out daily."
Mayor Abramson said, "We know our work is not complete in increasing fitness levels and encouraging healthier habits, but it’s good to see that our efforts to create a health-focused city are starting to pay off," Abramson said. "This national publication will help Louisville be recognized as a city that takes health seriously."
Louisville got a mark of A for health care and marks of A- for recreation facilities, fitness centers and sporting goods stores. Louisville earned a B+ for the relatively low alcohol consumption of its citizens and for parks and open spaces.
At the other end of the spectrum, the city received a grade of F for nutrition and for the percentage of citizens who were overweight and sedentary.
Metro Health Director Dr. Adewale Troutman said, "We still have a long way to go, but it’s clear that the positive results of the mayor’s leadership and the Healthy Hometown Movements are beginning to set in. The Health Department’s latest Health Status Assesment report indicates the we may be even making some progress in areas such as exercise." The report cites a survey of more than 2000 Louisville residents who said that they had engaged in some form of physical activity in the last month.
Louisville ranked ahead of cities such as Boston, Sacramento, Nashville, Phoenix and Portland. Baltimore, Honolulu and Virginia Beach were America’s fittest cities, and Chicago, Las Vegas and Dallas were cited as the country’s fattest cities.
The full report is available at www.mensfitness.com.