Tampa metro now ranks just inside the top 20 “fit cities” in America. 1
To pull back the curtain a little bit, I’ve seen this first-hand in my own staff at JoTo PR. They are an active bunch. Our project manager plays soccer, our marketing director is big into weight training, our media relations expert does boxing and our deputy chief strategist is an elliptical master (seriously, it’s a real sport). I’m even a crazy CrossFit gal.
The Tampa Bay Business Journal broke the story along with some awesome statistics:
- Smoking rates have declined (18.7percent to 16.7 percent)
- Drops in the death rates for diabetes (24.0/100,000 to 18.7/100,000) and cardiovascular diseases (223.0/100,000 to 174.6/100,000)
- The number of farmers’ markets have increased (11.0/1,000,000 to 19.8/1,000,000)
- Increases in the percent of residents using public transportation to work doubled (2.1 percent to 4.4 percent)
- Residents biking or walking to work doubled (1.3 percent to 2.9 percent)
- Total park expenditures per capita increased ($100 to $106)
With a growing trend of “getting healthy” in America2 it’s great to see Tampa Bay making strides in getting this done. No matter who you are, meeting your health and fitness goals helps every aspect of your lives. Healthier = less time wasted on being sick = more productivity = happier lives.
And that’s something to smile about.
Look out Minneapolis, we’re coming for that #1 spot!
1 P. Huff “Tampa Metro Ranks Among Top 20 ‘Fit citires’ in new index” Tampa Bay Business Journal May 25, 2017 Web. May 25, 2017