Minneapolis is America’s Healthiest City

The results are in, a study found Minneapolis as the #1 healthiest city in America!

Taking into account several criteria, the residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota are the healthiest people in America. They breathe clean air, keep their weight down, and rank exercise as a top priority. Way to go Minnesotans!

Minneapolis healthiest city

A helpful contribution to this is the fact that Minneapolis was a early adopter of wide-spread bike trails and bike lanes throughout town. The city was also among the first to ban smoking in public places such as bars and public parks. Basically, if you live in Minneapolis you are less likely to smoke, which we all know is incredibly damaging to the human body, and not to mention smell just awful. That all adds up to Minneapolis residents being in better health than all other Americans.

People that live in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area are at less risk than their neighbors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma. (Especially compared to those cheese eaters next door.) Minneapolis has a lot of open public space dedicated to parks, dog walking areas, ball fields, tennis courts, playground, golf courses and more that make it easy for people to remain active outside. But what about during those frigid winter months that seem to take up a majority of the year? Winter sports and lots of them! Personally, I enjoy hitting the slopes with my snowboard. Talk about an all-body work out.

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Right at the heels of Minneapolis, Washington D.C. came in second place. The nation’s capital is very good at keeping their smoking rate down as well. In third place is Boston and fourth is Portland.

By Danielle Norgren

For the rest of the top Twenty, visit Forbes.com.

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Bald Eagles Migrating Back to Minnesota

The bald eagles are returning to Minnesota! Who doesn’t search for soaring bald eagles while hanging at the lake. 

It’s that time of year, spring is finally here! … Well, kinda. I guess nobody told the piles of snow that are still hanging out. But with spring come new life, especially in the animal kingdom. Our national bird the bald eagle is finally making its way back to Minnesota. The next couple weeks will be prime bird watching, as they will be very easy to spot over several areas of the state.

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The DNR says mid to late March is the usual time bald eagles begin their journey home, but it’s still very dependent on the weather. Since this is about the time the snow starts to really melt, they tend to fly home to Minnesota for a little sun and lake time. They rely on lakes for their food source so they need them to be open and free of ice.

Minnesota has the third largest nesting population of bald eagles, only behind Florida and Alaska. Also, not all bald eagles fly south for the winter. It’s quite common for some pairs to remain here for the winter months, especially if they are more mild in temperature.

For more information, visit the Minnesota DNR website.