D.C. Ranks Among The Country’s Fittest Cities, Yet There’s A Dearth Of Gyms In Wards 7 And 8 | DCist

December 18, 2019
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On December 18, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Physical activity and gym access by neighborhood in D.C., was cited by DCist:

The divide between the District’s most active and least active neighborhoods is stark, as illustrated by data from the 500 Cities Project and analyzed by the D.C. Policy Center in 2017. The neighborhood cluster around Dupont Circle is home to the city’s most physically active adults—more than 90 percent of residents engage in “leisure-time physical activity.” That compares to just 62 percent of residents in the neighborhoods of Buena Vista, Garfield Heights, and Woodland, a mere twenty minute drive from Dupont. Meanwhile, wards 7 and 8 have the highest rates of chronic illnesses in the District.

Read more: D.C. Ranks Among The Country’s Fittest Cities, Yet There’s A Dearth Of Gyms In Wards 7 And 8 | DCist

Related: Physical activity and gym access by neighborhood in D.C. | D.C. Policy Center

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