Ah yes...another magazine list that ranks Toledo toward the bottom.
The usual suspects make the "Most Active" list...Seattle, San Francisco, Denver are all in the top ten for most active.
And while Toledo didn't hit rock bottom of the 100 cities listed, (Lexington, KY gets that dubious honor), it didn't fare very well in trying to shrug off the couch-potato classification.
Toledo was ranked 83rd in the survey...sandwiched between the Nebraska cities of Lincoln and Omaha. And if you are keeping score as to which of our viewing states gets "low" honors, Ohio had four cities in the bottom 50...where Michigan had none.
The criteria according to the magazine, "We looked at where and how often people exercise (Experian Marketing Services); the percentage of households that watch more than 15 hours of cable a week and buy more than 11 video games a year (Mediamark Research); and the rate of deaths from deep-vein thrombosis, a condition linked to a lot of sitting (CDC). And since some people define "exercise" loosely, we gave credit for any physical activity in the past month (CDC)."
The magazine goes on to list ways to "fight inertia".
"If you rarely take the stairs and instead opt for an elevator, it may not be just a case of laziness." they write.
"Stairwells are dark, dirty, and designed to be functional," says Daniel Banks, M.D., chairman of the department of medicine at the LSU health sciences center. "They need to be more inviting so people will take advantage of their fitness value."
For instance, a CDC study found that piping in upbeat music and hanging "Take the stairs" signs nearby boosted traffic by 9 percent.
"Petition your city officials to revamp all public stairwells." they recommend.
Does Toledo deserve the "least active" listing? Is the judging criteria flawed? Or are they "walking" up the right set of stairs? We want to know what you think.