2009 Fittest Cities: #9 Omaha, NE

  • Fitness Centers & Sport Stores: B-
  • Nutrition: F
  • Sports Participation: B
  • TV Viewing: C+
  • Overweight/Sedentary: C+
  • Junk Food: C-
  • Air Quality: A-
  • Geography: C-
  • Commute: A-
  • Parks & Open Space: B-
  • City Rec Facilities: A
  • Access to Healthcare: A-
  • Motivation: A-
  • Mayor & City Initiatives: B+
  • State Obesity Initiatives: A-
  • What's Good
    The local commute is much easier than in most cities - 37 percent less oppressive than average, leaving more time to exercise and prepare healthy meals. Commuter stress may also raise levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to weight gain and other health problems.

    Air quality here is among the best of any city in our survey, according to EPA air quality standards.

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

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

    Golfers can choose from 9 city-owned courses. Relative to population, that's more than almost anywhere else we surveyed.

    There are 58 percent more tennis courts per capita here than average among cities in our survey.

    Omaha residents are 96 percent more likely than average to play recreational baseball. For you stat fans, that's the highest participation rate in our survey.

    Omaha has the 2nd highest cheerleading participation rate of any city in our survey, 148 percent higher than average.

    Residents of Omaha are 97 percent more likely than average to play beach volleyball - the 2nd highest participation rate in our survey.

    Omaha residents are 80 percent more likely than average to play softball - the 3rd highest participation rate in our survey.

    Omaha residents are 48 percent more likely than average to play recreational football, the 3rd highest rate in our survey.

    Residents of Omaha are 26 percent more likely than average to participate in spinning type cycling classes, the 3rd highest rate of any city in our survey.

    What's Not
    Omaha residents received a bottom score in fruit and vegetable consumption, with only 23 percent eating the recommended five or more servings per day.

    Residents of Omaha are 67 percent less likely than average to ski, the 3rd lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    Omaha has a very low number of fitness swimmers - 35 percent lower than average, the 2nd lowest overall participation rate among cities in our survey.

    Omaha locals are 50 percent less likely than average to hit the stair-climbing machine for exercise - the 2nd lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    Omaha residents are 33 percent less likely than average to use an abdominal machine - the 2nd lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    Omaha residents are 61 percent less likely than average to participate in yoga/tai chi. Compared to other cities, Omaha is the 2nd least popular place in our survey for these activities.

    Omaha residents are 48 percent less likely than average to play tennis - the lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    Omaha residents are 62 percent less likely to participate in step aerobics - the lowest rate of any city in our survey.

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