smiley_face-e1299013825420This bit of happy news came over the transom today from the City of Anaheim:

Prevention Magazine Ranks Anaheim #4 In Top 25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities In America

ANAHEIM, CA – (August 21, 2013) – The City of Anaheim is listed as #4 in the “25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America,” as identified by Prevention Magazine in their August 2013 edition. Anaheim received top scores for its focus on fitness. Anaheim is Orange County’s largest city, the 10th most populous city in California, and the 55th most populous city in the country.

“There are 346,000 reasons that contributed to this high ranking: Anaheim’s 346,000 residents,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “I am proud of everyone who resides in Anaheim, and for letting the world know Anaheim is the place to be. We have great parks, outdoor trails and indoor fitness facilities, but this ranking is a true reflection of our residents’ commitment to happy and healthy living. I also want to thank Prevention Magazine for recognizing our residents. They got it right!”

Within its 50 square miles, Anaheim boasts more than 50 parks plus an interactive nature center, with more parks being planned as part of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. For more information on City parks and the Oak Canyon Nature Center, please click here.

In addition, the Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan – “It’s Your Backyard” – is a resource for healthy living in Anaheim. A goal of the Connectivity Plan is to provide additional opportunities for improved public health by encouraging non-motorized access throughout the City. Convenient trails, exercise stations, air and water quality improvements, community gardens, enhanced neighborhood parks, dog parks and pocket parks will encourage greater, healthy activity throughout the City. For more information on Anaheim Outdoors, please click here.

According to the Prevention Magazine article, the top 10 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America for 2013 are: San Jose, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Anaheim, CA; San Diego, CA; Fargo, ND; San Francisco; Madison, WI; Sioux Falls, SD; and Honolulu, HI.

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