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Sacramento ranks as 8th-fittest U.S. city

Thousands of runners and walkers participated in Sacramento’s Run To Feed the Hungry 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk to support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.
Thousands of runners and walkers participated in Sacramento’s Run To Feed the Hungry 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk to support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Aseng@sacbee.com

Sacramento’s local fitness reputation may be attracting attention nationwide, based on new rankings from BetterDoctor.com, a consumer health care tool that assists users in finding physicians.

Sacramento was No. 8 on the Fit Cities Index released this week, behind top-ranking Aurora, Col. and a handful of other cities including San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. Cities were judged on three main factors: physical activity, healthy weight and access to public parks.

To create scores, the company crunched data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Trust for Public Land showing the percentage of residents who had exercised in the last 30 days, the percentage of residents who were at a healthy weight, the number of park acres per 1,000 residents and park expenditures in dollars per resident. The data showed that 84.7 percent of Sacramentans had exercised in the past month – the highest percentage of any city on the list.

Five of the top 10 cities on the list are in California, due in part to the state’s more temperate climate and easier access to the outdoors, researchers noted.

In a different ranking of healthiest cities released by the same company in January, Sacramento just missed the top 10, landing at No. 13. That ranking assessed resident accessibility to health care by calculating doctors per 1,000 residents, percentage of residents with health insurance and percentage of doctors with high ratings on BetterDoctor.com. The state on the whole had a lighter showing on that list, with only San Francisco and San Jose making the top 10.

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.

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