Big Changes in the 2014 Report

You may have been surprised by your city’s performance in the 2014 Fitness Index report. Fitness Index advisory board members approved new variables as well as modified existing variables to create the most up-to-date measure of health and fitness. Consequently, scores and rankings for 2014 should not be compared with earlier Fitness Index reports.

Why Did Indicators Change?

The Fitness Index strives to give communities an accurate and up-to-date measurement of health and fitness.  This measurement can be used to gauge and improve residents’ well-being. To make that possible, the Fitness Index pulls data from several publicly available sources, such as: CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Trust for Public Land, and the U.S. Census. As survey methods continue to evolve, changes are mirrored in the corresponding indicators. Additionally, new policies related to health directly impact the relevance of indicators.

What’s New in 2014?


2013 2014
  • Percent physically active at least moderately
  • Percent meeting CDC aerobic activity guidelines
  • Percent meeting both CDC aerobic and strength activity guidelines
  • Percent eating 5+ servings of fruits/vegetables per day
  • Percent consuming 2+ fruits per day
  • Percent consuming 3+ vegetables per day
  • Number of primary health care providers per 100,000
  • Removed: not as relevant to fitness
  • Added: Walk Score ranking

Understanding Your Score

You can still track your scores for personal health and community/environmental indicators on a closer level. Target goals are provided for all indicators and can be used to measure MSA progress on a factor-by-factor basis. For more information on how to interpret your Fitness Index score, visit Methodology.

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