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Star-Bulletin Features

Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Honolulu one of
nation’s fittest cities


Honolulu is one of five cities topping Men's Fitness magazine's listing of fittest cities in America.

According to the magazine's survey, the fittest cities in America are: 1) San Diego, 2) Honolulu and San Francisco (tie), 4) Seattle, and 5) Minneapolis.

The fattest cities are: 1) Houston, 2) Detroit, 3) Philadelphia, 4) New Orleans, 5) Columbus, Ohio.

Factors measured included number of exercise opportunities, amounts of open spaces and parks, weather, commute time, availability of junk food, quality of air and water, and access to health care.

The survey inspired last year's fattest city, Philadelphia, to make changes which led to its moving down the list to No. 3.

Due to the social costs of poor health, the city hired a fitness czar and started a fitness Web site and its mayor leads regular walks.

In the fattest cities, citizens tend to have poor exercise and nutrition habits, watch a lot of television and experience more bad weather, that works against getting outside.

The fittest cities take steps to encourage health and fitness, such as adding bike lanes to their roads and sponsoring regular walk-a-thons.

A sunny climate helps, although Seattle and Minneapolis can be far from summerlike.

The information will be reported in the February issue of the magazine.

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