Buffalo, N.Y. is the top-rated U.S. city for fruit consumption in a fitness ranking of U.S. cities, while San Francisco ranks number one for vegetable consumption.
Those cities topped their respective charts for produce consumption in the 2018 American Fitness Index, released in May by the American College of Sports Medicine.
The index said 38.9% of residents of Buffalo, N.Y., said they consume at least two servings of fruit each day. In San Francisco, 27.5% of residents said they eat at least three servings of vegetables a day.
However, the index authors said all 100 U.S. cities ranked need to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
The report, produced since 2008, ranks America’s 100 largest cities on a composite score of health behaviors, health outcomes, community infrastructure, and local policies that support a physically active lifestyle.
The fittest city in the U.S. is Arlington, Va. with a composite score of 77.7. The least fit was Oklahoma City, Okla., with a score of 26.3.
Among healthy behaviors, the index rates cities based on the percent of the population that consumes two or more servings of fruit a day and three or more servings of vegetables.
The Fitness Index showed that adults tended to eat fruit more consistently than vegetables. Across all 100 cities, an average of 30% percent of adults reported eating at least two servings of fruits per day while only 18% reported eating three or more servings of vegetables per day.
In cities ranked in the top 25 overall, an average of 32.4% of residents reported eating two or more servings of fruit per day and 19.9% reported eating three or more servings of vegetables per day. On the other hand, cities in the bottom quartile overall averaged 27.5% of residents eating two or more servings of fruit and 16.2% of residents eating three or more servings of vegetables.
Cities with highest percentage of residents consuming 2+ Fruits/Day
- Buffalo, N.Y. (38.9%);
- Denver (37.6%);
- Chicago (36.4%);
- Milwaukee (36.3%);
- Reno, Nev.(35.8%);
- Stockton, Calif. (35.5%);
- Oakland, Calif.(35.3%);
- Freemont, Calif. (35.3%)
- Tampa, Fla. (35%); and
- Washington, D.C. (34.5%)
Cities with highest percentage of residents consuming 3+ Vegetables/Day
- San Francisco (27.5%);
- Portland, Ore. (23.7%);
- St. Petersburg, Fla.(23.3%) ;
- Washington, D.C. (23%);
- Anchorage, Alaska (23%);
- San Jose, Calif. (22.4);
- San Antonio, (22.1%)
- Nashville (22%)
- Austin, Texas (21.%);and
- Reno, Nev. (21.5%)