Ann Arbor, Mich., named healthiest city

July 23, 2008 at 5:24 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- AARP's magazine names Ann Arbor, Mich.; Honolulu; Madison, Wis.; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Fargo, N.D., as the healthiest cities in which to live and retire.

In Ann Arbor, 86 percent of residents exercise daily; the city has 580 physicians per 100,000 people, compared to the U.S. average of 223.

Featured in the September/October issue, the magazine named five additional cities that received high marks for vitality and great living conditions including Boulder, Colo.; Charlottesville, Va.; San Francisco; Minneapolis; and Naples-Marco Island, Fla.

Communities were chosen based on various criteria including opportunities for exercise, number of doctors in the area, availability of healthcare, diagnosis of health problems and healthy eating habits.

The magazine also evaluated quality of life measures such as housing affordability, the local economy, educational resources, crime, climate, recreational amenities and arts and culture.

Honolulu has 95 percent of residents are covered by health insurance and residents spend more time exercising than almost any other city. Madison has low rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Santa Fe has the second-best air quality.

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