Twin Cities rated the most healthy and fit metro for the third year in a row [GRAPHIC]

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According to the American Fitness Index, the Twin Cities is the healthiest metro area in all of America for the third year running (pun intended).

SEE ALSO: Outrage: Minneapolis left off most bikeable cities list despite having second-best Bike Score

The ranking, which was put together by health and medical experts, is based on a variety of data, including smoking rates, exercise, obesity rates, chronic health problems, access to health care, availability of parks, recreational facilities, walking and bike trails, and farmers' markets.

In a USA Today report, Walt Thompson, chairman of the advisory board who created the index and a professor of exercise physiology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, praises Minneapolis for "brilliantly" putting the city's resources "where residents can use them effectively to maintain a high level of physical activity."

In particular, Thompson pointed out that the amount Minneapolis spends per capita on parks ($227) is twice as much as many other cities.

Here's a USA Today graphic showing the order of the 25 fittest cities according to the Fitness Index numbers (click to enlarge):

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We're especially fit and healthy and one of these months it should be warm enough to show it off at the Lake Calhoun beaches. Of course, it's no coincidence they're easily accessible via bike and jogging trails.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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7 comments
Nathan Conley
Nathan Conley

If Minneapolis it's a the best, I'd hate to be Birmingham or HotLanta.

Matt Connell
Matt Connell

That's pretty sad, if we're the healthiest..

Kenny Bellew
Kenny Bellew

Love jogging Lake Nokomis. What a great place to live.

Eric Kanzenbach
Eric Kanzenbach

I hear you Ross. I broke my leg last December, but considered myself in shape. I went bike riding with the kids yesterday ... OUCH. They want it again today, lol. I suppose I have to to be daddy. I am not looking forward to it though.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

That's not what my body told me last night when I tried to exercise for the first time in a few years. Sheesh, I felt pathetic.

Tim Burkhardt
Tim Burkhardt

I was sure that Hinckley was gonna' come out on top this year... maybe we need to upgrade our healthy opportunities.

Onan
Onan

@Kenny Bellew Nokomis IS the best of the chain of lakes...

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