ATLANTA, January 15, 2014 – If you’re like most people, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get healthier in 2014, and that involves some form of exercise. While many will abandon their quest for self-improvement before January is over, Sharecare, the online health and wellness engagement platform founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, today identified the places where people stick to fitness regimens year-round, and announced the Top 10 Fittest Cities in America: Denver; San Francisco; San Diego; Boston; Sacramento, Calif.; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; Los Angeles; and Austin, Texas.
Getting in better shape doesn’t just improve your waistline – exercising can yield a cascade of positive outcomes, including healthier eating, reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, lower stress and higher energy. Additionally, regularly engaging in some form of light to moderate exercise can actually help you live longer – up to 2.3 years for men and 2.8 for women.
To identify the fittest cities, Sharecare examined answers from approximately one million people who took the RealAge® Test, Sharecare’s scientifically based health risk assessment which determines the biological age of your body based on your health status, and good and bad health habits. This analysis also revealed the 10 cities where residents exercise the least: Knoxville, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Greenville, S.C.; Oklahoma City; Columbus, Ohio; Greensboro, N.C.; Tampa, Fla.; and St. Louis.
Regardless of how fit your city is, many online resources that provide fitness inspiration and motivation are available, including www.sharecare.com/fitness, where you can find information about how to start a fitness plan. Additionally, Sharecare today released its curated list of the most influential fitness experts on the Web, the Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Fitness:
For more information about Sharecare’s Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Fitness, go to www.sharecare.com/shm-fitness. To find out your body’s true age, join Sharecare – membership is free – and take the RealAge Test at www.sharecare.com/realagetest.
Methodology: Sharecare Social HealthMakers are among the most influential people in health and wellness on the web, driving conversations on the leading edge of many health topics. They address a wide range of issues within specific topic areas while demonstrating consistent impact across multiple interactive channels—such as Twitter, Facebook, videos and blogs. This impact is measured through a proprietary algorithm based on more than 100 individual metrics developed and powered by WCG, the leading digital marketing and communications agency, quantifying topic relevance, syndication, presence and reach. Earlier Sharecare lists have identified Social HealthMakers in mental health, diabetes, nutrition, weight loss, heart disease and more.
Sharecare is a health and wellness engagement platform that helps people to live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high-quality information from experts, clinical decision support tools, interactive programs and local healthcare providers. The power behind the site is its scientifically-based health risk assessment, the the RealAge® Test, taken by more than 33 million people, and a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of America’s top experts—greatly simplifying the search for health information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice—simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta.