[Vision2020] The Laziest City in Each State

Kenneth Marcy kmmos1 at frontier.com
Mon Nov 23 11:54:07 PST 2015

On 11/23/2015 11:02 AM, Saundra Lund wrote:
> Wasn’t Lewiston also the drunkest city (but less likely to drive under 
> the influence) in Idaho?

Yes, I sent a message to that effect a dozen days ago.  Perhaps the 
proximity of the Lewiston hill has some, dare I say sobering?, effect on 
driving choices of the residents there.

> If so, perhaps the lack of exercise (I’ll not call it laziness because 
> it’s possible to be physically active without exercising . . . 
> difficult but possible) is a good thing because exercising while 
> drinking doesn’t seem like a good combo to me.

I have the impression that Lewiston residents are a little older, more 
likely married, and more likely home owners who drive alone to and from 
work because they have less public transportation opportunities, and 
thus are less likely to walk some, or all, of the way to and from work.  
Most of these characteristics are consistent with less exercise.  On the 
other hand, there is a larger proportion of production work there, which 
can be more active during the work day, at least until workers learn how 
to be optimally efficient at getting their work done with the fewest 
calories expended.


> Saundra
> Moscow, ID
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> *Subject:* [Vision2020] The Laziest City in Each State
> Americans appear to be exercising more and more every year. When 
> surveyed about their exercise habits, 73% of Americans reported they 
> engaged in physical activity during their leisure time. Of course, 
> exercise habits vary widely from state to state, and even more so from 
> city to city. In Beckley, the laziest city in West Virginia, just 
> 64.0% of residents report regular physical activity. Meanwhile in 
> Burlington, the laziest city in Vermont, 83.6% of residents exercise 
> regularly.
> Exercise is an important determinant of overall health. Mississippi — 
> the state where residents report the lowest levels of physical 
> activity — also has the highest obesity rate. The situation is 
> reversed in Colorado, where the highest level of physical activity 
> coincides with the lowest obesity rate in the country.
> *http://tinyurl.com/prqoue7 *
> *12. Idaho**
> *> Laziest city:** Lewiston
> *> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity:* 77.7%
> *> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity:* 80.5%
> *> Obesity rate:* 30.7%
> *> City population:* 60,884
> In Idaho, more than four out of five residents report regular physical 
> activity, a far higher share than the 73.0% of Americans who do, and 
> the ninth highest of any state. While Lewiston adults exercise less 
> than Idaho as a whole, they are still more active than Americans 
> overall, with 77.7% of residents getting regular physical activity.
> Populations that exercise less tend to be in worse physical health, 
> and Lewiston is no exception. Of all adults in the metro area, 30.7% 
> are obese, significantly higher than Idaho’s 27.3% obesity rate. 
> Residents in areas with higher levels of education tend to exercise 
> more, and vice versa. In Lewiston, just 21.3% of adults have at least 
> a bachelor’s degree, the lowest share in the state.
> *Ken*
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