Irvine Ranks in America’s Top 10 Fittest Cities

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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With 16,500 acres of dedicated open space, parks and sports fields, including 62 miles of hiking and biking trails and the 194-acre sports complex at the Orange County Great Park in the city, it’s no wonder Irvine ranks in the top ten Fittest Cities in America by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem foundation.

Irvine was ranked the #7 Fittest City in America in 2020, behind top ranked Arlington, VA, and Seattle, Minneapolis, Madison, WI, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Completing the top ten from #8 to #10 are Denver, Boise, and Boston.

To be among the fittest cities in the American Fitness Index, its citizens don’t only need to rank high in doing healthy behaviors. The city has to help them out, too, with infrastructure that supports and encourages healthy behaviors—such as parks, farmer’s markets, and recreational facilities—as well as good air quality and a low pedestrian fatality rate.

The report ranks 100 cities on 33 different health metrics. Some reflect individual health behaviors, like the percent of residents meeting a level of physical activity and a low rate of adults with obesity. The metrics also reflect the percentage of people with healthy eating habits, as well as how people rated their physical and mental health. Statistics that improved since 2019 in all 100 cities: The average rate of residents exercising and a dropping number of residents smoking.

There were notable improvements across the board in all 100 ranked cities when it came to park proximity. This is where Irvine shines. Home to more than 400 parks, Irvine ranked No. 1 in California, and in the top 10 in the nation for public park access by the Trust for Public Land ParkScore Index earlier this year.

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