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ACSM American Fitness Index(TM) Ranks 50 Largest Metro Areas on Health and Community Fitness
Date:5/26/2009

promotions partners, community programs, allied associations and other organizations, each community will be able to tap into best practices and existing resources to address its unique makeup of opportunities and challenges. The ultimate result will be an improvement in community fitness and a reduction in the rates of obesity and other chronic diseases.

Sixteen large metropolitan areas were included in the pilot phase of the program in 2008. This year, ACSM expanded the AFI program to measure and rank the 50 largest metropolitan cities in the United States. Visit the online newsroom at www.AmericanFitnessIndex.org for a complete list of the MSAs included, counties represented and data. Follow the AFI program on Twitter - @ACSM_AFI.

About the American College of Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

About the ACSM American Fitness Index(TM)

The ACSM American Fitness Index(TM) (AFI) is an evidence-based measurement of the state of health and fitness in America's 15 most populous metropolitan areas, plus Greater Indianapolis. Created in partnership with the WellPoint Foundation, the AFI program is designed to improve health, fitness and quality of life by linking communities, government agencies, health promotion groups, healthcare providers, and others with best practice strategies and partner organizations. The 2008 AFI data report ranks and assigns a score to each of the 16 metropolitan areas, based on personal health indicators,
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