ACSM: ‘Salt Lake in Great Shape’

Why buying a Salt Lake City home could be a healthy choice!

Professional real estate manby Joel Carson
President/Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate
SLBR 2012 ‘Salesperson of the Year’

ACSM ‘Most In-Shape Major Cities’
1. Minneapolis-St. Paul2. Washington, D.C.

3. Portland, Ore.

4. San Francisco

5. Denver

6. Boston

7. Sacramento

8. Seattle

9. Hartford, Conn.

10. San Jose

11. Austin

12. Salt Lake City

13. Cincinnati

14. San Diego

15. Raleigh, N.C.

16. Pittsburgh

17. Baltimore

18. Virginia Beach

19. Cleveland

20. Richmond, Va.

21. Atlanta

22. Providence

23. Buffalo

24. New York City

25. Philadelphia

26. Milwaukee27. Chicago

28. Kansas City, Mo.

29. Los Angeles

30. Columbus, Ohio

31. St. Louis

32. Nashville

33. Phoenix

34. Orlando

35. Riverside, Calif.

36. Charlotte

37. Jacksonville

38. New Orleans

39. Las Vegas

40. Tampa

41. Birmingham, Ala.

42. Miami

43. Houston

44. Dallas

45. Indianapolis

46. Memphis

47. Louisville

48. San Antonio

49. Detroit

50. Oklahoma City

Salt Lake City is ranked by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as the 12th “Most In-Shape Major City” in the United States. Buying a Salt Lake home for sale won’t make you healthier, but it will position you in an environment where healthy principles are paramount.

Each year the ACSM publishes an American Fitness Index. Cities are ranked on a number of healthy behaviors and unhealthy behaviors as well as accessibility to health care and environments that promote good health:

  • Smoking
  • Exercise
  • Obesity rates
  • Chronic health problems
  • Access to health care
  • Availability of parks
  • Recreational facilities
  • Walking trails
  • Farmer’s markets (where people can purchase fresh produce)

The fitness Index, designed by health and medical experts, relies (in part) on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

KUTV 2 News recently reported on Salt Lake’s designation in an online report. According to the online article at, “The group says the goal of the list is to give health care workers and advocates a starting point for creating effective programs to get Americans on track for healthy lifestyles.”

There are at least 23 major parks in Salt Lake City such as Liberty Park, the Gilgal Sculpture Garden, the Gallivan Center, Memory Grove Park, Sugarhouse Park, Pioneer Park, Parley’s Historic Nature Park, Fairmont Park, Ensign Peak Park and the International Peace Gardens to name a few. Of course Salt Lake is located very near to some of the country’s most amazing national parks and state parks.

Salt Lake City actively plans for green space and open. This encourages people to step outside their Salt Lake City homes and into the outdoors for a variety of recreational activities.

The predominant religion in Utah is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church members do their best to adhere to a standard of living outlined by the “Word of Wisdom.” Members are discouraged from smoking, drinking, gluttony and a variety of other activities and consumptions generally considered physically unhealthy. The Church encourages health and fitness among its members and the Utah State Legislature has been accommodating to a point in the laws it passes and the money it appropriates in concert with basic guidelines of good health. Many Salt Lake home buyers find the atmosphere refreshing regardless of their religious beliefs.

Restaurants considered, “healthy and/or organic” are plentiful. Health care is very accessible throughout Utah. The University of Utah Medical Center and Primary Children’s medical centers attract high quality medical professionals in hundreds of medical specialties and cutting edge researchers who discover new treatments and medical inventions on an ongoing basis. The Huntsman Cancer Center, the Moran Eye Center and other major specialized facilities round-out the unique high level of care available here.

Utah is in great fiscal shape and that has got to reduce stress levels for some people!

I’m proud of our state and communities through Utah that strive to provide an enhanced quality of life for residents and visitors. Sure, we’ve got some work to do (who doesn’t?); but, health and fitness are important to our community leaders and that’s a good first step.

If you’re ready to shop for Salt Lake City homes for sale, call me today at 801-673-3333. Send a text if that’s easier. You can reach me by email at Whether you’re browsing or buying, please shop anytime online at where we have thousands of Utah home listings with pictures, prices and details of each home.

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