Hampton Roads Area Ranks 15th Most Fit

When it comes to fitness, the Hampton Roads area ranks #15 out of the top 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

The Anthem Foundation and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) ranked the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the annual American Fitness Index. Data from the U.S. Census Annual Estimates of Population were included in this 2015 data report for the AFI program.

The total score for our area was 57.5; Washington D.C. came in at #1 with a score of  79.6.

Areas of Excellence for the area include:

• Lower percent of days when mental health was not good during the past 30 days
• Higher percent of city land area as parkland
• More acres of parkland per capita
• More farmers’ markets per capita
• Higher percent bicycling or walking to work
• More ball diamonds per capita
• More park playgrounds per capita
• More golf courses per capita
• More park units per capita
• More tennis courts per capita
• Higher park-related expenditures per capita

Improvement Priority Areas include:

• Lower percent consuming 3+ vegetables per day
• Higher percent currently smoking
• Higher percent obese
• Higher percent with asthma
• Higher percent with diabetes
• Higher death rate for diabetes
• Lower percent using public transportation to work
• Lower Walk Score
• Fewer dog parks per capita
• Fewer recreation centers per capita
• Fewer swimming pools per capita
• Lower level of state requirement for Physical Education classes

Here are the rankings in order:

Get moving, Hampton Roads, and eat those veggies!