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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Boston ranks third in "most energetic city" survey

Boston popped into third place in a "most energetic city" survey, behind San Francisco and San Diego but ahead of the next East Coast competitor, 21st-place New York, a survey said today.

Sponsored by Tahitian Noni International to promote its new beverage Hiro, the survey was conducted by Sperling's BestPlaces, a company that produces flocks of best-city surveys that rank anything from dating to migraines.

The rankings were based on how people commute to work, how much time they spend exercising, what their body mass index is and how they rate their emotional well-being.

San Francicso had the highest proportion of people who walk or bike to work and get exercise every day, the survey said. The Bay Area also had the most opportunity to surf, rock climb, bike, run, ski and enter marathons or triathlons.

Washington, D.C., came in first on overall quality of health, measured by BMI and emotional well-being.

The 50 largest metropolitan areas were also rated on the number of farmer's markets, food co-ops and organic product manufacturers they had.

The other top 10 finishers were Sacramento, Denver, Honolulu, Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Los Angeles.

Memphis sits in last place.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 10:56 AM
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