ⓘ ACSM American Fitness Index. The ACSM American Fitness Index Program is an initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine that aims to quantitatively mea ..

                                     

ⓘ ACSM American Fitness Index

The ACSM American Fitness Index Program is an initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine that aims to quantitatively measure the overall health and fitness level of the 100 largest cities by population in American. The measure is a composite of indicators for personal health and community resources available for physical activity. The first report, completed in May 2008, ranked the 15 most populous metropolitan areas in the nation, along with Greater Indianapolis. Today, the 100 most populous cities are ranked annually. As of 2019, Arlington, VA was ranked as the fittest city in America; Oklahoma City, OK ranked as the least fit city.

The Fitness Indexs goal is to provide local policy-makers with the information necessary to improve the health, fitness, and quality of life of community residents by promoting healthier lifestyles and physical activity.

                                     

1. Methodology

Ranks and scores are assigned by weighing various indicators and rewarding or penalizing the city as appropriate. These indicators are classified into two broad categories: Personal Health, which measures the health habits and outcomes for city residents, including their physical activity, diet, and chronic health problems, and Community and Environment, which includes scores to measure the availability and convenience of local parks, farmers markets, alternative transportation, and community recreation facilities like pools, tennis courts, and baseball diamonds.