It's enough to make a person drop the potato chips and shove on the running shoes: Another dead-last health ranking in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is the most unfit city of all large U.S. cities, a new study shows.
“It's not a surprise,” said Gary Cox, Oklahoma City-
Oklahoma City ranked at the bottom of the American College of Sports Medicine's 2011 American Fitness Index data report. Researchers looked at the 50 most populous metropolitan areas to find the healthiest and fittest places to live. The score of 24.6 out of 100 points is based on healthy lifestyles and physical activity.
Oklahoma is doing something about the consistently poor rankings for both the state and city, according to Judy Duncan, the state Health Department's director of physical activity and nutrition.
State wellness programs just got more than $1 million in funding from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust to target issues such as fitness and nutrition in 21 counties, for the first in a five-year plan.