And the Healthiest US city is . . .
. . . Burlington, VT. This is Vermont's largest city, and of all America's cities, it has the largest proportion of people who say they are in good or great health — 92 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this city also rates lowest in diabetes and obesity. In this area, outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing are popular. There are also a plethora of healthy dining options, with many restaurants offering vegan and vegetarian options, grass-fed beef, and organic produce. Another plus on the health front is that many people are employed by IBM, which offers generous health benefits and wellness programs.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, to find out which US city is the most unhealthy,
Huntington, WV, is the unhealthiest city. When compared to Burlington, both are college towns with populations that are mostly white with English, German, or Irish decent. They have some very distinct differences, though:
|Burlington, VT||Huntington, WV|
|Average age of citizens||37||40|
|Poverty||8 percent live at poverty level||19 percent live at poverty level|
|Education||40 percent have at least college bachelor's degree||15 percent have at least college bachelor's degree|
These differences have a huge effect on the health of the community members. Since poverty is more prevalent in Huntington, people can't afford to eat nutritious foods. A diet of fried foods, salt, gravy, sauces, and fatty meats is the norm, and fast food has become a staple. To make matters worse, most people in Huntington don't exercise in their spare time, and this coupled with a poor diet has caused high rates of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
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