10 Healthiest Cities for Women

Austin, Texas

Better known for their mean barbecuing skills, Austin's women also have a way with fresh produce. They ranked highest in healthy diet, thanks to the fact that 35 percent of them scarf down five or more servings of whole foods every day. All those fruits and veggies not only keep them trim but can also lower their risk for several forms of cancer, says Alice Bender, R.D., a dietitian for the American Institute for Cancer Research. In other words, eating low-calorie plant foods--instead of fat-and sugar-packed processed foods--is a cancer-fighting one-two punch that keeps your weight in check and delivers such Big C slayers as fiber, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Load up on cabbage, leeks, and cranberries, for example, and you'll help protect yourself from colon, stomach, and mouth cancers, respectively.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

We've heard it so often that it's easy to just tune out: Heart disease is the number one killer of women. These Midwesterners still take the warning to, well, heart.

"People in our city are very active and do regular cardio that keeps their blood pressure and cholesterol down," says cardiologist Dr. Elizabeth Grey of the Minneapolis Heart Institute. It's paying off: Women in Minneapolis have low rates of death from heart disease (19 in 100,000) and stroke (five in 100,000). One way to keep your ticker in shape? Hop into bed. During sex, your arteries dilate and a release of endorphins and immunoglobulins protect your cardiac health, says Suzanne Steinbaum, D.O., director of women and heart disease at the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York.

10 Best Cities

1. Raleigh, NC

2. San Jose, CA

3. Madison, WI

4. Boise, ID

5. Burlington, VT

6. Plano, TX

7. Virginia Beach, VA

8. Portland, ME

9. Austin, TX

10. Minneapolis, MN

10 Worst Cities

91. Tulsa, OK

92. Kansas City, MO

93. Jackson, MS

94. Cleveland, OH

95. St. Louis, MO

96. Toledo, OH

97. Philadelphia, PA

98. Detroit, MI

99. Memphis, TN

100. Birmingham, AL

Don't see your city? For the complete rankings, go to WomensHealthMag.com/January.


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