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Study: Sacramento fifth healthiest region in U.S.

Owen Perry, 21 months old, of Elmhurst, stays warm as he dances to live music at the first farmer's market in Land Park on Nov. 23, 2014, in Sacramento. He was there with his mom Sarah.
Owen Perry, 21 months old, of Elmhurst, stays warm as he dances to live music at the first farmer's market in Land Park on Nov. 23, 2014, in Sacramento. He was there with his mom Sarah. rbyer@sacbee.com

There’s a pretty good chance you’re reading this after your morning walk around your neighborhood park.

Sacramento is one of the fittest regions in the nation, according to a study released this week by the American College of Sports Medicine. The region ranked fifth out of 50 large metro areas.

The study found Sacramento ranked well in its number of farmer’s markets, playgrounds and dog parks; had a high percentage of people who eat more than two fruits and three vegetables a day; and spent much more than the national average on parks.

Sacramento’s ranking was a nice jump over last year, when the region was the 10th fittest in the country.

The Washington, D.C., area was the fittest in the annual list in 2015. California did well in the rankings; San Diego was third, San Francisco fourth and San Jose 10th. Indianapolis was 50th.

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