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Summit County ranked most active in nation

Summit Daily staff report
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Summit County has racked up another distinction in a string of chart-topping health rankings. Livestrong.com has ranked Summit the most active county in the U.S., citing statistics that show 91.9 percent of adults reporting they are physically active and 100 percent of residents living close to a location for physical activity — a score the no other county achieved.

The Livestrong Foundation, a cancer support and healthy lifestyle group, used statistics from a Robert Wood Johnson foundation survey to arrive at its rankings. Right behind Summit came four other Colorado counties: Boulder, Pitkin, Eagle and Douglas. Gunnison and La Plata also made the top ten, coming in at ninth and tenth places, respectively.

Recent studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association have shown just how important it is to be healthy. Summit County was found to have the lowest cancer mortality rate of any other county in the nation stretching all the way back to 1980, the first year data was examined.

More recently, another study found that Summit has the highest life expectancy in the nation, narrowly edging out neighboring Eagle and Pitkin counties. Researchers cited a host of factors — including race, socioeconomic status and education level — but exercise levels were said to play a major role as well.