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San Francisco Claims Top Spot for Second Time in Self Magazine's 8th Annual

Survey of America's Healthiest Places for Women Where Does Your Region Rank? SELF and Help You Lead a Healthier Life - No Matter Where You Live - with New "Winning Advice" Feature and

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NEW YORK, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Tony Bennett still has good reason to croon and swoon for the Bay Area. SELF Magazine, the premier well-being lifestyle magazine for women, names San Francisco, CA the nation's healthiest city for women in its "8th Annual America's Healthiest Places for Women" survey. This is the most comprehensive examination of its kind, distinguished for its broad scope and profound revelations about life-improving health secrets specifically for women in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.

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Whether your hometown's health profile is as bright as the Golden State's -- progressive health policies help California place three cities in the top 10 -- or as gray as Gary's (the Indiana city brings up the rear as number 100 on the list), SELF helps all American women embark on a journey of health, happiness, and fitness.

"SELF's annual 'America's Healthiest Places for Women' study is both a celebration and an interactive guide to help all women live healthier lifestyles. It's gratifying to see so many cities across the country taking pro-active steps to make healthy living a top priority, including smoking bans, health insurance plans, and citywide fitness challenges," said SELF Features Director Sara Austin. "No matter where your hometown ranks, you can change your life for the better and achieve your personal health and fitness goals. SELF and want to help you along the way, so we reveal the top experts' advice, and secrets from women who enjoy living in America's healthiest places."

This year's top five Healthiest Places for Women are:

1. San Francisco, CA

2. Nassau-Suffolk counties (Long Island), NY

3. San Jose, CA

4. Honolulu, HI

5. Burlington, VT

This year's unhealthiest places for women are:

1. Gary, IN

2. Detroit, MI

3. Cincinnati, OH

4. Oklahoma City, OK

5. Columbus, OH

SELF's exclusive analysis crunches 6,000 bits of data in more than 50 categories -- including exercise and eating habits, rates of heart disease and depression, and environmental measurements, among many others -- to rank the 100 biggest metro areas. SELF enlists an expert panel to help interpret data collected from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, and the FBI. Most importantly, SELF speaks with residents of each region to discover their healthy-living secrets, and pass them on to the magazine's 5.8 million readers across the country!

Being first is nothing new to San Francisco, which in the past year alone became the first U.S. city to guarantee universal health care and the first to ban plastic bags in large grocery stores. Factor in pristine air and water, an office culture that encourages exercise breaks, and miles of scenic trails, and it's easy to see why San Francisco has unseated last year's #1 city, Honolulu, HI, to regain the top spot it held in 2001. At the other end of the spectrum, in Gary, IN, women continue to suffer from elevated rates of smoking, obesity and cancer despite the city's commitment to clean up its polluted waterways and tackle the obesity crisis.

Results in SELF's feature also include:

-- Fittest: Orange County, CA

-- Best Environment: Tucson, AZ

-- Worst Environment: Philadelphia, PA

-- Dirtiest Air: Los Angeles, CA

-- Happiest City: Minneapolis, MN

-- Unhappiest: Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (4 top stars debate whether

celebs are happy in LA!)

-- Salad Lovers: Fort Lauderdale, FL

-- Best Place to Have a Baby: Boston, MA

-- Most Migraines: Cincinnati, OH

-- Most STDs: Detroit, MI

-- Best Drivers: Central New Jersey (Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon


-- Worst Drivers: Billings, MT

-- Smokiest: Las Vegas, NV

-- Most Crime: Memphis, TN

The December issue of SELF Magazine, which features the "8th Annual America's Healthiest Places for Women" rankings, goes on sale at newsstands on November 27th. Log onto for an interactive map that shows where your hometown ranks.

About SELF

SELF is the leading magazine of total well-being, incorporating health and beauty, fitness and nutrition, happiness and personal style all in one package. Nearly 5.8 million readers turn to SELF each month. SELF is published by The Conde Nast Publications. For more information, visit

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