The report was based on such criteria as park and recreation centers per capita, consuming two or more fruits and three or more vegetables per day, meeting aerobic activity guidelines, number of farmers' markets, and percentage of commuters who walk or ride bicycles.
The ACSM, which begins its 62nd annual conference in San Diego next week, also looked at the percentage of the population afflicted with diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
"The AFI is two things -- a measure of how healthy a metro area is today, and a call-to-action for urban and suburban leaders to design infrastructures that promote active lifestyles and lead to positive health outcomes," said Walter Thompson, chairman of the AFI Advisory Board. "Our goal is to provide communities and residents with resources that help them assess, respond and achieve a better, healthier life."
San Diego scored well in most categories, but had a higher level of residents with asthma and diabetes. Curiously, the region had less golf courses, tennis courts and swimming pools per capita than other cities, according to the index.
The Washington, D.C., area ranked first, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul, the ACSM reported. San Francisco and Oakland ranked fourth, Sacramento fifth and San Jose 10th.
The debate over dockless bikes rolled into Pacific Beach as the Town Council held a panel Wednesday night with bike and scooter sharing companies: Bird, LimeBike, ofo and Mobike.
Three San Diego schools have received phony threats this week, and on Wednesday, a Serra High School freshman was arrested on suspicion of scrawling a threat about a school shooting in a restroom at the Tierrasanta campus.
Tieray Jones walked out of jail a free man Wednesday night just hours after a judge decided to not re-try him in the death of his stepson nearly 16-years ago.
DMV officers were out Wednesday, looking for people abusing the system. One woman was in tears as she was caught using a handicap placard issued to her adult son - who wasn't with her on the shopping trip.
A Serra High School freshman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of scrawling a threat about a school shooting in a restroom at the Tierrasanta campus.
News 8's investigation into high water bills across the city of San Diego continues. Months after we received our first complaint, viewers are still emailing us about the problem.
Escondido police sought public help Wednesday to identify a woman suspected of stealing from two jewelry stores this week while as many as 10 accomplices distracted store employees.