2009 Fittest Cities: #8 Seattle, WA

  • Fitness Centers & Sport Stores: B
  • Nutrition: A
  • Sports Participation: C
  • TV Viewing: A
  • Overweight/Sedentary: A-
  • Junk Food: B-
  • Air Quality: F+
  • Geography: A
  • Commute: D+
  • Parks & Open Space: A
  • City Rec Facilities: C
  • Access to Healthcare: D-
  • Motivation: C
  • Mayor & City Initiatives: C-
  • State Obesity Initiatives: B
  • What's Good
    According to the CDC, 22 percent of residents in the Seattle area are clinically obese. That sounds like a lot, but it's lesThe national average is 25.19 percent.

    According to Nielsen Media Research, TV viewers in the Seattle television market spend 25 percent less time in front of the tube than average among cities in our survey.

    The CDC says 53 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.

    Residents don't have far to go to find a park: Seattle has 430 municipal parks, among the most of any city on a per capita basis, according to our exclusive survey of municipal park departments.

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

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

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

    Air quality here is among the most unhealthful of any city in our survey, according to EPA air quality standards. Unhealthy air makes outdoor exercise hazardous.

    Feel like hitting the public pool for a morning swim? Good luck finding one. Seattle has one pool for every 59,421 residents - 34 percent fewer than average in our survey.

    Seattle residents are 51 percent less likely than average to participate in gymnastics, the 3rd lowest rate in our survey.

    Seattle residents are 20 percent less likely than average to use treadmills - the 3rd lowest in our survey.

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