Monday, January 7th, 2013

Will Living In A "Healthy City" Somehow Make You Healthy?

Everybody here looks super healthy and they drink beer all day, too!
According to the latest scientific proof in the form of a magazine list feature, San Francisco is the nation's healthiest city. Women's Health surveyed a hundred American cities and ranked them according to life expectancy, obesity, access to health care, incidence of cancer, nutrition, and probably how much money everybody has. How did a wealthy and beautiful city with its own universal health care plan and a population of attractive people who walk everywhere end up at the top of the list? (SELF magazine put out a similar list last month, with San Jose at No. 1 and San Francisco in third place.)

Also, why did Men's Health put out nearly the same list, but with San Francisco in second place to Boise? More importantly, why is New York nowhere to be found in the Top Ten? Because of winter, probably? Those four or five months when people spend most days inside under blankets with a box of donuts and a case of "winter ale," that might be taking a toll.

At the very tragic bottom of the list, there's the usual Deep South town—in this year's list, it's Birmingham, Alabama, but it could just as easily be Jackson, Mississippi, which is at 94th place on this list. And the grim poverty and crushed hope of rust belt cities like Detroit (#90), Toledo (#98) and Cleveland (#96) is definitely not making people any healthier, it turns out! The good news is that we will all eventually die, except for Ray Kurzweil, who moved to the Bay Area just to rub it in.

Photo by Eric Molina.

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Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

"More importantly, why is New York nowhere to be found in the Top Ten?"

You've obviously never been to the Bronx.

hershmire (#233,671)

@Lockheed Ventura Or Queens or Staten Island or large swaths of Brooklyn.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

"D.C. has higher-than-average numbers of alcoholic drinks consumed each month and those who binge drink." Yeah but do they take into account the risk of being run over by joggers while trying to smoke outside a bar? CLEARLY NOT.

BadUncle (#153)

Maybe we should take NYC's SashimiGate more seriously.

Multiphasic (#411)

Except here's the thing: San Francisco, for an ostensible cultural capital with huge amounts of discretionary income, has no art, no literature, and no music. You have lots of time to rock climb when you realize no succession of upscale Valenica St. eateries can fill the emptiness, it just roils within you like the diesel engine of a soundproofed commuter coach.

dinacociug (#246,756)

I am from San Francisco and I heard a lot of times about that report saying that San Francisco is is the nation's healthiest city. I personally think there are a lot of things that need to be adjusted so that this report would be true, my niece works as a nurse and she know more about this, for more info you can visit website here.

bessabe (#259,175)

I have visited San Francisco a couple of times when I had to attend a conference held at the Orchard Garden Hotel. I had a problem with teeth grinding at night and my roommates were not so pleased about this, this year I will take my StressGard NightGuard to let my roommates sleep well. I agree that San Francisco is one of the nation's healthiest city, I consider moving here with my family.

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