2009 Fattest Cities: #8 Jacksonville, FL

  • Fitness Centers & Sport Stores: D
  • Nutrition: D
  • Sports Participation: F
  • TV Viewing: F+
  • Overweight/Sedentary: D-
  • Junk Food: B
  • Air Quality: D+
  • Geography: A-
  • Commute: B-
  • Parks & Open Space: A-
  • City Rec Facilities: C+
  • Access to Healthcare: B
  • Motivation: F+
  • Mayor & City Initiatives: C-
  • State Obesity Initiatives: F+
  • What's Good
    Mayor John Peyton participates in more fitness-related public events than most mayors. He also sets a positive example by exercising as often as 4 days per week.

    Jacksonville's park acreage per capita is 494 percent higher than average and the highest in our survey. Research has found a connection between access to parks and green space and reduced obesity rates.

    Ice cream shops are 42 percent less popular in Jacksonville than average.

    What's Not
    Florida state law limits or prohibits obesity-related lawsuits against food manufacturers and restaurants.

    The CDC says 46 percent of adults here get either 30 minutes of moderate exercise five or more days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise three or more times per week. In the average city in our survey, 49.6 percent of adults exercise at these levels.

    According to Nielsen Media Research, TV viewers in the Jacksonville television market spend 13 percent more time in front of the tube than average among cities in our survey.

    Jacksonville residents participate in sports much less than average - 18 percent less than average, in fact.

    Although other states participate in a CDC-sponsored program to reduce obesity and other chronic diseases, Florida doesn't.

    Jacksonville scored poorly in our Motivation category for weak participation in outdoor activities despite plenty of open space.

    Jacksonville residents are 19 percent less likely than average to use treadmills - the 4th lowest in our survey.

    Jacksonville residents are 29 percent less likely than average to play recreational basketball, the 4th lowest participation rate of any city in our survey.

    Jacksonville residents are 45 percent less likely to participate in step aerobics - the 4th lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    Jacksonville residents are 53 percent less likely than average to go hiking. That's the 4th lowest participation rate in our survey.

    Jacksonville residents are 54 percent less likely than average to go day hiking. That's the 4th lowest participation rate in our survey.

    Just 9 percent of Jacksonville residents exercise with dumbbells. That's 30 percent less than average and the 4th lowest rate in our survey.

    Elliptical motion trainers are about 35 percent less popular than average in Jacksonville, the 3rd lowest overall rate among cities in our survey.

    Only 2.7 percent of kids in Jacksonville get exercise by riding scooters, the 3rd lowest in our survey.

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