Arlington, Va. Is #1 ‘Fittest City’

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Submitted by The American College of Sports Medicine….

didyouknow?2019 American Fitness Index Ranks 100 Cities;
New Indicators Reveal Concerns About Pedestrian Safety and Air Quality

Indianapolis (May 14, 2019) – Arlington, Va. has earned the title of “America’s Fittest City” in the annual American Fitness Index® ranking published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc.

The ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index evaluated America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators. Rounding out the top 10 cities were Seattle, Wash.; Minneapolis, Minn.; San Francisco, Calif.; Madison, Wis.; Washington, D.C.; St. Paul, Minn.; Irvine, Calif. (new to the top 10); Denver, Colo.; and Portland, Ore. You can access the full rankings and scores, summary report, city comparison tool and other insights on the American Fitness Index website.

Setting the standard for other cities, Arlington’s balance of healthy behaviors and community infrastructure earned it the #1 overall rank. Arlington ranked in the top 10 for 22 of the 33 indicators in the ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index, with six indicators ranked #1, including residents exercising in the last month; meeting aerobic and strength activity guidelines; reporting good or excellent health; and having low rates of smoking, poor physical health and pedestrian fatalities. You can compare your city to Arlington or others ranked in the Index by accessing the online City Comparison Tool.

“Our research-backed Fitness Index rankings reveal both personal health habits within a community and how well those communities encourage fitness among their residents. It’s one more way we are working to improve the lives of our communities in which we live and work every day,” said Stephen Friedhoff, M.D., chief clinical officer for Anthem. “For example, we added new social determinant of health indicators to this year’s report and learned that some cities have work to do in the areas of pedestrian safety and air quality, which are both critical to overall wellness. Four of the 10 worst cities for pedestrian fatalities are in Florida, and we know air pollution rivals car accidents and tobacco when it comes to causing deaths.”

At the community level, the ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index is used as an assessment and evaluation tool to educate community leaders on the importance of key indicators of physical activity. Leaders can then focus on policy, systems and environmental change strategies that are evidence-based and create sustainability for their community. ACSM and Anthem agree that the Fitness Index provides cities with the data and resources needed to drive healthy change.

familyfun“We challenge city leaders, regardless of where their community ranks on the ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index, to take bold and decisive action toward building and maintaining infrastructures that promote fitness,” said Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., chair of the American Fitness Index Board and a regents’ professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

“Chronic diseases, sedentary lifestyles and pedestrian fatalities are at critical levels in our country, and city leadership can effectively address each of these challenges by becoming a fit city,” Ainsworth added.

Additional findings from the 2019 Fitness Index rankings included:

  • 2.2 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents on average across all 100 cities with the worst city, St. Louis, reporting 5.8 pedestrian deaths per 100,000.
  • Nearly half of the 10 deadliest cities for pedestrians are located in Florida: Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and St. Petersburgh.
  • The 21 worst cities for air quality are in California, Arizona and Nevada.
  • Cities have poor air quality an average 38.3 percent of the year.
  • 75.2 percent of adults in all cities were physically active in the previous month on average, with only 51.2 percent meeting aerobic activity guidelines and 22 percent meeting both aerobic and strength guidelines.
  • 97 percent of residents in the top 10 cities are located within a 10-minute walk to a park, but only 66.4 percent are within a 10-minute walk of a park in all 100 cities.
  • An average of 30.3 percent of residents in all 100 cities were diagnosed with high blood pressure, 3.3 percent with heart disease and 2.9 percent were diagnosed with a stroke.
  • Only 4.5 percent of residents in all 100 cities walk or bike to work, and 7.1 percent use public transportation to and from work.

The 2019 ACSM American Fitness Index rankings are as follows:

Overall Rank City State Overall Score
1 Arlington VA 87.3
2 Seattle WA 77.9
3 Minneapolis MN 76.4
4 San Francisco CA 75.7
5 Madison WI 75.3
6 Washington D.C. 75.1
7 St. Paul MN 69.5
8 Irvine CA 69.4
9 Denver CO 68.4
10 Portland OR 67.8
11 Oakland CA 67.7
12 San Jose CA 67.4
13 Boise ID 66.7
14 San Diego CA 66.7
15 Chicago IL 66.2
16 Pittsburgh PA 66
17 Lincoln NE 63.2
18 Long Beach CA 62.5
19 Boston MA 62.5
20 Sacramento CA 61.9
21 St. Petersburg FL 61.6
22 Atlanta GA 61.2
23 Virginia Beach VA 60.4
24 Santa Ana CA 60
25 Milwaukee WI 59.7
26 Honolulu HI 59.5
27 Los Angeles CA 59
28 Durham NC 58.2
29 Chula Vista CA 58.2
30 Raleigh NC 57.7
31 Albuquerque NM 57.5
32 New York NY 57.3
33 Stockton CA 56.9
34 Fremont CA 56.8
35 Miami FL 56.6
36 Newark NJ 56.3
37 Anaheim CA 56.1
38 Richmond VA 55.7
39 Colorado Springs CO 55.7
40 Aurora CO 55.1
41.5 Orlando FL 54.5
41.5 Buffalo NY 54.5
43 Austin TX 54
44 Plano TX 53.2
45 Omaha NE 52.7
46 Tampa FL 52.3
47 Norfolk VA 52.2
48 Nashville TN 51.3
49 Reno NV 50.9
50 Jersey City NJ 50.9
51 St. Louis MO 50.5
52 Baltimore MD 50.4
53 Tucson AZ 49.7
54 New Orleans LA 49.3
55 Hialeah FL 49.1
56 Greensboro NC 48.2
57 Cincinnati OH 47.9
58 Riverside CA 47.6
59 Glendale AZ 47.5
60 Lubbock TX 47.4
61 Dallas TX 47.4
62 Anchorage AK 46.5
63 Philadelphia PA 46.5
64 Fresno CA 46.2
65 Cleveland OH 45.9
66 Mesa AZ 44.3
67 Kansas City MO 43.6
68 Chandler AZ 43.3
69 Scottsdale AZ 43
70 Columbus OH 42.6
71 Phoenix AZ 41.9
72 El Paso TX 41.8
73 Houston TX 41.5
74 Lexington KY 41.2
75 Charlotte NC 41.1
76 Garland TX 40
77 Jacksonville FL 39.4
78 Irving TX 39
79 Baton Rouge LA 38.5
80 Laredo TX 37.9
81 Winston-Salem NC 37.4
82 San Antonio TX 36.3
83 Gilbert AZ 36.3
84 Chesapeake VA 35.8
85 Las Vegas NV 34.3
86 Fort Wayne IN 34.3
87 Memphis TN 33.8
88 Fort Worth TX 33
89 Henderson NV 32.6
90 Wichita KS 31.6
91 Corpus Christi TX 31
92 Arlington TX 30.8
93 Detroit MI 30.5
94 Bakersfield CA 30.3
95 Louisville KY 28.8
96 Indianapolis IN 28.6
97 Toledo OH 27.8
98 Tulsa OK 27.8
99 North Las Vegas NV 27.2
100 Oklahoma City OK 20.8


About the American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to improve educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. More details can be found at www.acsm.org.

ACSM is a global leader in promoting the benefits of physical activity and advocates for legislation that helps government and the health community make it a priority. ACSM encourages Congress to support continued funding of parks, trails and safe routes to school, to better enable all Americans to meet the prescribed physical activity recommendations included in the National Physical Activity Guidelines.

About Anthem Foundation
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that make up its Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets: maternal health, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention, heart health and healthy, active lifestyles, behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Dollars for Dollars program which provides a 100 percent match of associates’ donations, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at https://medium.com/anthemfoundation.

Tech Tools – Leslie Handmaker

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.

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Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

There are a multitude of factors that have direct results to improve search rankings for key terms, traffic, and site authority. Here are a few tips that are easy for the average, non-techie site owner to implement.

1. These days content is king and on-site optimization only gets site owners so far. Content should be high quality and should average 400-500 words per page site-wide. It’s best to let the content sit unchanged and age. It’s critical that the content be unique. Make sure the content or even a portion of it isn’t already published elsewhere. Tools like Copyscape can help with this initiative. After the content is live, check every few months to make sure content thieves haven’t stolen a portion of it. If it has been plagiarized, Google has a copyright infringement process which can be used to help prevent the plagiarized content from outranking the original content in search results.

2. Site owners should use guest posting as a way to earn inbound links to their site. Links pointing to a site are one of the factors the search engines use to determine a website’s credibility. Ideally guest posts should be on sites with related content and topics. Most site owners who accept guest posts will offer a link which can be incorporated into the author bio of the post.

3. Put social share buttons on pages of your website. Social share buttons allow users to share a link to a site on their social networks. The search engines are using social share signals as part of their algorithms. Social sharing can also drive traffic to important pages of a site.

– Leslie Handmaker, the SEO program manager for Next Day Flyers

Ways To Improve Your Blog’s Alexa Rank

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Alexa rank is measurement based on the traffic to a website. The lower the number, the better. Highly visited websites get lower numbers. Every website in the world is included so the Alexa rank of a site varies constantly in relation to other website on the Internet. Anything below 100,000 is considered very good.

Alexa is one of the leading internet statistics engines. It keeps a “top billion” chart, where every webpage on the planet has its place. Beginning with Google and Facebook, it goes all the way down to the gazillionth site no one knows about.

Why Improve Alexa Ranking?

You may want to increase your Alexa rank because advertisers, ad networkers use it as a gauge to determine the popularity of your blog. So if you are someone who is making money from advertising, you would definitely want to increase your alexa rank as it helps you bargain for an ad price. Alexa rating determines your blog’s status. The higher the ranking of a blog, a growing number of “jobs / tasks” that you will receive, and the more money that flows to your account.

How To Improve Alexa Ranking?

1. Install Alexa Toolbar: It may seem to you as a tried-and-tested tactic to increase your ranking, however, it isn’t. Installing Alexa Toolbar would only track my visits, as the tool bar is installed on my browsers not on my visitor’s browser and it would even make my browsing speed slower. So, logically it doesn’t make sense.

2. Write About Alexa: Write a post related to Alexa. Many bloggers love to learn the tips for improving Alexa rank. They’ll link to you and send you targeted traffic. It will not only help the bloggers who are looking for ways to increase Alexa rank but also it alerts Alexa and their bots will crawl your content as the keyword “Alexa” will repeat up in your blog.

3. Use Alexa Rank Widget: Many blog owners found this tip useful. Placing Alexa Rank Widget in your blog helps a lot as the javascript in the widget should be able to track your visitors, page views etc.

4. Update Your Blog Regularly: Alexa rank automatically improves if you update your blog frequently with good contents. But always remember, it’s not only about quantity, what matters is the quality of the posts you put up on your blog.

5. Get Reviewed On Alexa: Some bloggers claim this tip has something to do with Alexa rank. Reviews are the best ways people look for when they want to decide on things. Try to increase reviews and ratings for your Alexa website profile.

Review https://yourhealthjournal.com on alexa.com

6. Claim Your Blog: Create an Alexa account or use your existing Facebook account and claim your blog. It helps the Alexa guys to recognize your website and makes you a trusted source of information for the readers.

7. Write your own site reviews on the top 100 rated Alexa sites. The top 500 domains, according to Alexa can be found at: http://www.alexa.com/topsites

8. Take an inexpensive ad out on the ExactSeek search directory at ExactSeek. Search engine results are directly correlated with Alexa rankings. You’ll notice that if a website is highly ranked on ExactSeek, chances are that it will be highly ranked on Alexa.

9. Get listed on as many search engines as possible by placing a free listing in DMOZ. This is the largest human edited directory on the web and is co-branded among hundreds of thousands of sites. Be patient though, it often takes up to 5 months before you see your website listed after submission. Even though it takes longer than it should, you have little say in the matter because it’s so widely used across the Internet.