What is the American Fitness Index?
The ACSM American Fitness Index was created, in partnership with the Anthem Foundation, to help improve the health of the nation and promote active lifestyles by supporting local policies and programs to develop a sustainable, healthy community culture. The Fitness Index features an annual ranking that assigns a score to the 100 most populous cities in the United States. The Fitness Index rankings reflect a composite of preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions.
As well as community resources and policies that support physical activity. The intent of the rankings are to provide a valid and reliable measure of community fitness at the city level. In addition to the rankings, the Fitness Index provides valuable resources that can help communities focus their policy and programming efforts as well as assist them in developing collaborative activities and partnerships with other organizations that contribute to health promotion.