Intentional Daily Movement | Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

My name is Olivia Affuso and I am a streak runner. I have run at least one mile every day for the last 600 consecutive days. This may seem like a lot, but there are people like Jon Sutherland who has been running every day for more than 50 years! Now, that, is a lot …

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2020 Fitness Index Release to be delayed

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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), in collaboration with philanthropic partner, Anthem Foundation, will delay the release of the 2020 American Fitness Index rankings until later this year. The Fitness Index evaluates and celebrates America’s 100 largest cities and their efforts to support healthy, active lifestyles.   Physical activity has always been one of …

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Madison, Wisconsin, America’s Fifth Fittest City

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With a population of 255,214, the city of Madison, Wisconsin, is one of the fittest cities in America, clocking in at number five in the 2019 rankings released by ACSM’s American Fitness Index. The city ranked highly in many categories, including first in the following categories: percentage of residents meeting aerobic activity guidelines (65%), percent …

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Physical Activity | Benefits Year-Round

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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) American Fitness Index is one of the most credible and reliable assessments of individual and community fitness across the United States. The indicators included in the report are timely, relevant, and valuable to address both unique and common factors between cities. In 2019, The Fitness Index added four …

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Disparities in the Quality of Physical Activity Environments

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There are race, ethnic and socioeconomic status (SES) disparities in physical activity. The disparities differ by domain of physical activity (e.g., occupation, transportation), but there is consistent evidence that leisure time physical activity is lower among individuals with lower income and members of most race and ethnic minority groups. One possible explanation of these disparities …

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America’s Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

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Across America’s 100 largest cities an average of  2.2 pedestrians were killed per 100,000 residents in the last year.   With a total population of 64,504,498  in those cities,  that means approximately 1,419 lives were lost. A variety of factors may contribute to pedestrian fatalities, including distracted driving, a lack of proper lighting, inadequate sidewalks and …

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Supporting Local Communities in the Fight Against Food Insecurity

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The American Fitness Index serves as a tool and resource for community stakeholders to address conditions in the environments that negatively affect a person’s overall health and identifies target areas to create healthier, more active communities. Eliminating food insecurity is a critical factor in improving the overall health and well-being of individuals in the communities …

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