While one Idaho public health district official is saying that 63.5 of adults in Idaho are considered overweight and 30% of third graders are overweight and risk early problems with diabetes and high blood pressure, a couple of cities in the Treasure Valley have made the list of healthiest cities for 2020.

Wallethub is out with its rankings of the healthiest cities in the U.S. for 2020. Based on such factors as average medical-visit costs, number of fitness clubs per capita and average amount of fruit and vegetable consumption, here's who made the top 10:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. San Diego, CA
  4. Portland, OR
  5. Washington, D.C.
  6. New York, NY
  7. Denver, CO
  8. Irvine, CA
  9. Scottsdale, AZ
  10. Chicago, IL

While west coast cities make up the top 4 spots, Boise was not on that top 10 list. However, Boise and Nampa were on the list in general.

Boise ranked #31, and Nampa ranked #130 on Wallethub's list that names up to 174 cities. Our best marker in Boise was our ranking number 14 for amount of 'green space'. Shout out the Green Belt, the Snake River and all of our parks.

So I don't understand. Are we overweight? Or are we healthy? Here's what I'm realizing: is that the list of healthiest is based off of what other cities are doing, while being overweight is dependent on nothing else. So healthiest cities is essentially graded on a curve. We can be overweight as a state but still be considered healthy based upon how unhealthy other cities/states are. Interesting.

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