July 2021

Arlington, Va., Named 'Fittest City'

Arlington, Va., has been named "America's Fittest City" in the annual American Fitness Index rankings published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation. The ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index evaluated America's 100 largest cities using 34 evidence-based indicators. Rounding out the top 10 fittest cities are Minneapolis; Seattle; Denver; Madison, Wis.; Washington, D.C.; St. Paul, Minn.; Irvine, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Atlanta, Ga., which cracked the top 10 for the first time.

ACE Launches Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Course for Exercise Pros

The American Council on Exercise recently announced a first-of-its-kind course on how exercise professionals and health coaches can help build a more inclusive fitness industry. The course, “Taking Action With ACE: Practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as an Exercise Professional,” is the first step on a journey to ensure all physical activity participants have equal access and feel welcome in every environment.

NRPA Survey Finds Strong Support for Park & Rec Infrastructure Investments

Parks, community centers, rec centers and more are an essential part of any community’s improved infrastructure plan, says a newly released poll from the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA). Nearly all (92%) of U.S. adults said they want their local government to invest in this kind of community infrastructure.

2021 Report Shows Record Outdoor Participation

The Outdoor Foundation recently released exclusive insights about Americans’ engagement in outdoor activities in 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As detailed throughout the report, COVID-19 inspired huge participation growth, as outdoor spaces became places of refuge to safely socialize, improve physical and mental health, connect with family and recover from screen fatigue.