Looking for healthy inspiration? We've found it in every corner of the country. For SELF's 11th ranking of America's best cities for women, we gathered 7,000 bits of data from 100 metro areas and, with an assist from Bert Sperling of BestPlaces.net, sussed out the star sites. Then we talked to real-life role models in those cities to find out how they and their neighbors get leaner, greener and less stressed-out. Follow their lead and you could be the healthiest woman in town.
1. Greenest: Des Moines, IA
Folks here enjoy clean air and water and 334 parks, covering nearly twice as many acres as the 100 cities in our survey averaged. Trails along prairies, riverbeds and Saylorville Lake "allow people to ride a bike to dinner downtown or quickly escape the urban environment," says Tina Mowry Hadden, 41, a business consultant who volunteers with a local conservation board to promote the trails. "The more people interact with the environment, the more they respect and protect it."
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