Charlotte’s fitness level: 36th out of 50

May 30, 2013 

— Charlotte ranked 36th in the American College of Sport Medicine’s American Fitness Index, which measures the health and community fitness status of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

Similar to an annual physical or wellness exam, the sixth annual report evaluates the preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access and community resources and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles. Included in the report’s latest edition are benchmarks for each data indicator to highlight areas that need improvement.

The metropolitan statistical area of Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill scored 42.2 (out of 100 possible points) in the 2013 report, down three spots from last year. In 2012, the metro area ranked 33rd with a score of 43.1. Minneapolis-St. Paul achieved a high score of 76.4 to capture the top ranking for the third consecutive year.

Charlotte ranked 24th on personal health indicators related to health behaviors, chronic health conditions and health care access. The area ranked 46th on community/environmental indicators associated to the built environment, recreational facilities, park-related expenditures, physical education requirements and primary health care providers.

For a complete list of Charlotte’s areas of excellence and improvement priorities, plus a breakdown of the components that helped make up its score, please visit the AFI website at and download the metro area report.

The top five fit cities are Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco, Calif.; and Denver, Colo.

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