Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles
Massachusetts may be a leading state of academia and history, but its emphasis on health care, the prevalence of professional sports, and historical parks and centers create a wellness and health oasis. Massachusetts ranks second for its health care quality and access, ingraining wellbeing into its public and private institutions. A strong college presence across the state brings youthful and active energy seen in fitness studios, health clubs, and clean-eating markets.
Interesting things to know about Massachusetts:
- Both basketball and volleyball originated in Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts’ state berry is the cranberry, a superfood with high nutrient content.
- The Boston Common became the first public park in the United States.
The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to higher blood pressure, poorer liver function, increased stroke risk and larger waistlines.
The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.
The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher BMI may be an indicator of greater risk to physical health.
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