Centrum’s healthiest U.S. cities?

It’s safe to say I’m a pretty well-traveled individual and have lived in or around some big, booming U.S. metropolises. Being in cities like Honolulu and Los Angeles, I found people tend to care more about their image, shape, figure and are a little more active and outdoorsy than say, Biloxi, MS.

At the same time, people in Mississippi might be taking down hordes of Mickie D’s and the air quality is probably a whole lot better than the City of Angels. And if angels were anywhere up in Southern California’s clouds they’d probably be choking on a ton of smog. So really it’s not always about how many Shapes, Curves or Bally’s the community has in a five-mile radius. It is and should be about more. That’s just my own vision.

Each year you’ll find a number of reports on which city outranks the next for healthy city. While I’d love to give you a rundown of those lists we’d probably come up with more than a top 10 which is a number that works well for me. Anyway, this particular report on healthy cities comes from Sperling’s Best Places and was conducted by our vitamin friends Centrum. The study was based on key factors of health status, nutrition, exercise, mental health and life balance. Some of the selections sort of surprised me, considering Vermont is supposed to be the healthiest all-around state. I guess I thought there would be a few more East Coast cities than listed. Here’s their Top 10 cities with the highest healthiest city scores:

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. Washington, DC
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA
  5. Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT
  6. Oakland, CA
  7. Sacramento, CA
  8. Orange County, CA
  9. Denver, CO
  10. Austin-San Marcos, TX

If I didn’t know any better I would say there is someone out there who has nothing but love for the state of California! NYC, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Detroit and Columbus, OH were just a few to get the unhealthy nod. Agree or disagree? What city do you consider the best place to have a healthy home, environment and community?

Check out the lists here.

Author by Adrienne Wilson