2009 Fittest Cities: #3 Minneapolis, MN

  • Fitness Centers & Sport Stores: A-
  • Nutrition: D-
  • Sports Participation: A
  • TV Viewing: A
  • Overweight/Sedentary: B+
  • Junk Food: D+
  • Air Quality: D+
  • Geography: B-
  • Commute: C
  • Parks & Open Space: B+
  • City Rec Facilities: A
  • Access to Healthcare: F+
  • Motivation: A
  • Mayor & City Initiatives: A
  • State Obesity Initiatives: A
  • What's Good
    Mayor R.T. Rybak sets a positive example, exercising as often as 5 days per week. He also participates in more fitness-related public events than most mayors in our survey.

    According to Nielsen Media Research, TV viewers in the Minneapolis television market spend 15 percent less time in front of the tube than average among cities in our survey.

    Minneapolis residents participate in sports much more than average - 33 percent more than average, in fact.

    Minnesota is one of 28 states that participate in a CDC-sponsored program to reduce obesity and other chronic diseases.

    Minnesota has "snack tax" laws aimed at reducing obesity and improving nutrition.

    Minneapolis gained points in our Motivation category for high participation rates in running, biking and walking despite climate extremes.

    Donuts are 79 percent less popular here than average, according to a comparison of places where they are sold. Minneapolis has the 3rd lowest number of donut outlets per capita in our survey.

    There are 66 percent more tennis courts per capita here than average among cities in our survey.

    Basketball courts are practically everywhere here, among the highest number per capita in our survey. There's a court here for every 2,062 residents; the national average is one court per 6,909 people.

    Golfers can choose from 7 city-owned courses. Relative to population, that's more than almost anywhere else we surveyed.

    On a per capita basis, Minneapolis has 126 percent more gyms and health clubs than average, the 2nd highest in our survey.

    Boardsailing is huge for Minneapolis residents. Locals are 288 percent more likely than average to board sail - the highest participation rate of any city in our survey.

    Residents are 38 percent more likely than average to bowl - the highest rate of any city in our survey.

    Minneapolis residents are 508 percent more likely than average to go cross-country skiing. That's the highest rate in our survey.

    Approximately 22 percent of Minneapolis residents play golf. That's 113 percent more than average and the highest rate in our survey.

    Minneapolis residents are 105 percent more likely than average to go in-line skating. That's the highest in our survey.

    Minneapolis residents are 29 percent more likely than average to participate in recreational swimming - the highest in our survey.

    Minneapolis residents are 82 percent more likely than average to play tennis - the highest rate of any city in our survey.

    Minneapolis residents are 50 percent more likely than average to play table tennis - the 2nd highest rate in our survey.

    Residents of Minneapolis are 126 percent more likely than average to ski, the 3rd highest rate of any city in our survey.

    Minneapolis residents are into fitness bicycling - they do it about 66 percent more than average, the 3rd highest overall rate among cities in our survey.

    Minneapolis residents are 18 percent more likely than average to go for a walk, the 3rd highest rate of any city in our survey.

    Minneapolis dwellers are 319 percent more likely than average to go snowshoeing, the 3rd highest in our survey.

    What Isn't
    Ice cream shops are 38 percent more popular in Minneapolis than average.

    Minneapolis has 28 percent more pizza places per capita than the average among cities in our survey.

    Minneapolis residents received a bottom score in fruit and vegetable consumption, with only 20 percent eating the recommended five or more servings per day.

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