Mi­ami one of the health­i­est

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - By Johnny Diaz

Any­one who has lived or vis­ited South Flor­ida knows we’re pretty fit and healthy.

Folks run along the Hol­ly­wood Beach Broad­walk or Mi­ami Beach’s board­walk or they’re cy­cling along the beaches of AIA (and some­times on In­ter­state 95.) We’re the land of the tanned, toned and trimmed and you might even be read­ing this at the gym or some­where out­doors.

So it shouldn’t be a to­tal sur­prise that Mi­ami was named the sixth-health­i­est city in the world. That honor comes from a new study by the United King­dom-based va­ca­tion price-com­par­i­son ser­vice Trav­elSu­perMar­ket.com.

The web­site con­sid­ered var­i­ous fac­tors in its rank­ings — such as the num­ber of ve­gan-op­tion restau­rants and hours of daily sun­light.

Lead­ing the list over­all was the City of Love (Paris), fol­lowed by Chi­ang Mai in north­ern Thai­land, Barcelona, Pat­taya — also in Thai­land — and Van­cou­ver. The only other U.S. city in the top ten was San Fran­cisco, com­ing in sev­enth

after Mi­ami. Lis­bon, Den­pasar and Buenos Aires rounded out the rest of the top ten.

“Turquoise wa­ters, glam­orous neigh­bour­hoods and colour­ful art deco build­ings, Mi­ami com­bines the lux­ury of white sands and the ex­cite­ment of trend­set­ting night­clubs, mak­ing it one of the most sought after des­ti­na­tions to travel to,’’ ac­cord­ing to the re­port, not­ing that the area has “over 500 ve­gan-op­tion restau­rants and over 300 health food shops.”

The study doesn’t say whether it refers to Mi­ami proper or the Mi­ami metro area which in­cludes Mi­ami Beach.

The Magic City also ranked well in other cat­e­gories in­clud­ing health food shops (No. 1), av­er­age sun­light hours (No. 9 or 3,154 sun­light hours per year), parks and green space (No. 11), ve­gan-op­tion restau­rants (No. 12), spas (No. 13) and gym and fit­ness cen­ters (No . 16.)

MA­TIAS J. OCNER/COUR­TESY

Mi­ami was named the sixth health­i­est city by Trav­elsu­permar­ket.com. In this file photo, thou­sands of run­ners make their way through Ocean Drive in Mi­ami Beach dur­ing the 2018 Mi­ami Marathon.

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