Forbes #1

#1 Minneapolis, Minn.

Minneapolis residents breathe clean air, prioritize exercise and keep their weight down, supported by a city that was among the first to add bike trails and ban smoking in public places. If you live in Minneapolis-St. Paul, you and your neighbors are less likely to have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma and are more likely to be in excellent or very good health. (It helps that you’re less likely to smoke and more likely to walk or bike to work — in the summer, at least). “Minneapolis has lots of open spaces, parks, and walking areas, and you see people walking everywhere,” Thompson says. The twin cities do their part by setting aside a high percent of the city as parkland, offering plenty of ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses,and recreation centers. How do Twin Cities residents keep up their commitment to fitness during the area’s notoriously cold winters? Snow sports and “lots of fitness centers,” says Thompson.

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