Based on ‘fitness,’ 3 Arizona cities labeled unhealthy in survey

A prominent suburb of Phoenix, Chandler ranked below average for walkability, parkland, and farmers’ markets. But respondents scored relatively high for physical activity and getting seven hours or more sleep a night. /Photo: A single bypass cheeseburger at Heart Attack Grill in Chandler/REUTERS

 

By H. Alan Scott | Newsweek

Each year the American College of Sports Medicine releases its American Fitness Index (AFI), which rank cities on dozens of factors, from how much park space is available to how often residents go to the gym. These scores offer a glimpse into the healthiest and unhealthiest cities in the U.S.

Arizona State University professor Barbara Ainsworth, chair of the AFI board, told Newsweek. “Health is not just a matter of personal responsibility; the spaces where we live, work, and play have an impact on our health and our ability to lead physically active lifestyles.”

Each city was scored in three general areas:

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