According to Men's Fitness Portland,OR came up 1st as the 2014 "Fittest City in the Country" followed by Denver, CO. He writes what makes these two cities winners & what elements we can emulate in our own community to make health a trend. They include:
-Community Based Fitness
-Fitness is Contagious (as is obesity- in a sense)
-Functional Fitness Beats Aesthetic Fitness
-Eat Locally Grown, Whole, Raw Foods
-Commute to Work by Biking or Walking
"Your community is important, and that includes your friends and family as well as the society at large. Habits spread like a virus, both good and bad. In order to curtail the spreading obesity rate, failing health of our children, and inactivity of all of us, we must combat these issues head on. The antidote is collectively rejecting that these trends are in any way natural. What is natural is moving everywhere every day, eating whole and nutritious foods, and instilling good habits in our children."
Many of these are already great local trends in Cache Valley, UT. And with the Cache National Forest at our doorstep, an already young and active demographic and a growing trend of cyclists, we are easily set to be the next fittest city.
Read the full article here.