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Minneapolis Tops List of Heart-Healthy Cities for Women

-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
  • San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland, Calif.
  • Denver-Aurora, Colo.
  • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.
  • Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, Ore.
  • San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston and Phoenix have the lowest heart-disease mortality rates for women, while women in San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles are the thinnest.

    Women in San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, D.C., are the healthiest eaters, and those in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco smoke the least.

    The least-friendly metropolitan areas for women are:

    1. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tenn.
    2. St. Louis, Mo.
    3. Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich.
    4. Pittsburgh, Pa.
    5. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
    6. Columbus, Ohio
    7. Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
    8. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev.
    9. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
    10. Indianapolis, Ind.

    The researchers reported that women in Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, and San Antonio, Texas, are among the most overweight in the country.

    Women smoke the most in Cincinnati, Nashville and Indianapolis, while they eat the least healthy food in St. Louis, Kansas City, Kan., and Milwaukee.

    The heart-unhealthy cities seem to share some things in common, Mieres said, like a plethora of fast-food restaurants, a tendency for people to drive instead of walk, and high smoking rates.

    They may also have fewer teaching hospitals and fewer doctors per capita, she said. "When you look at the middle of the country and the South, they are about a decade or five years behind in getting the message that simple changes in diet and activity can have an

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