1. Holland-Grand Haven, Mich.
> Physical Health Index: 80.9
> Obesity rate: 23.4% (44th lowest)
> Blood pressure: 23.9% (17th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 11.3% (37th lowest)
Holland area residents exercised less than the majority of Americans. They were also less likely to eat healthy all day compared to most Americans. Despite unhealthy habits, however, Holland metro area residents were the nation’s healthiest. Nearly nine in 10 survey participants said they had enough energy to get things done the day before, better than in all but a handful of metro areas. Also, proportionally fewer respondents suffered from chronic pain than respondents nationwide did. Just 24% reported recurring neck or back pain, compared with more than 30% nationally. And less than one in five survey participants said they had regular knee or leg pain, also nearly the lowest rate in the nation. Like many of the cities with the best health, the Holland area’s poverty rate was significantly lower than the national rate.
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