We’ve just gone ahead and curved the results of the American College of Sports and Medicine’s “American fitness index.” Even with a generous 21.8 points added (because Minneapolis-St. Paul, the fittest city in the country, scored just 78.2 out of 100 possible points), Baltimore scores an underwhelming 81.3, or a B-minus. The upside? We’re much, much healthier than Detroit!
The study looked at access to fitness facilities, parks, health care, prevalence of chronic disease, and preventative health behaviors. According to the report, Baltimore has more per capita farmers’ markets, baseball diamonds, swimming pools, and rec centers than other cities of comparable size. Those are all good things. The not-so-good: Baltimoreans have higher rates of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and heart disease (and fewer dog parks!). And despite the fact that we have more park units per capita than average, we spend way less money on our green spaces — only about $56 per resident (compared to Minneapolis’ $227!). But hey, at least we can go lounge in the pool as we contemplate our immanent mortality.
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