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Despite the pandemic, Austinites still make time to pump iron, according to a new WalletHub study. While Austin may not be the fittest of the fit, the city came in at No. 7 for the healthiest cities in the country.


The study measured the 182 cities—150 of the most populated, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state—across access to health care, healthy food, fitness and green space. Out of 100, a top score of 69.11 was awarded to San Francisco, California, and the lowest score of 23.39 went to Brownsville, Texas.

Sandwiched in between Washington D.C. and Irvine, California, Austin received a score of 59.12, with the top factors being access to healthy food and green space.

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Austin's food scene is well-known for being rich and diverse but the cherry on top is the abundance of healthy options. Austin ranked third for the amount of healthy restaurants in town; from popular options like Juiceland, CAVA and Flower Child to more hidden gems like The Steeping Room and Blue Dahlia Bistro, Austin has food to suit all types of special diets.


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Austin is also famous for its abundant greenbelts, hiding in plain sight in neighborhoods all across the city. Austin received the fifth placemark for the most running trails in the city and the reason is clear, as Austinites can frequently be seen going for a jog in nature.

Austin's fitness is no coincidence—the city was also named seventh for having the most active lifestyle in a WalletHub study earlier this year.

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Even amid a pandemic, Austin has been making fitness a priority, securing a four-way tie for the most fitness centers with virtual classes per capita.


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Though Austin fared well in the study, other Texas cities didn't have the same luck. Lubbock, Laredo and Brownsville were all name-dropped for having the least healthy atmosphere.


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Partain is a former sports editor for the The University Star, Texas State University's daily newspaper. She edited, covered sports, produced podcasts, and hosted a pre-game TXST football tailgate live series. Partain has been freelancing with the company since January, prior to accepting a staff position.

A native of Fairfield, Texas, Partain grew up playing youth soccer. In her high school years, she played alongside her mother in what was then called the Freestone County Hispanic Women's Soccer League.

Claire's coverage philosophy: "I like to bring out the humanity of sports, and I want to make this the most accessible sports coverage possible."

She notes that soccer is the predominant sport for young people. "It's a global sport, and we're more connected to the world than older generations."

That approach fits the team's already visible presence in Austin, says Austonia CEO Mark Dewey. "Austin FC has established itself as a leading Austin brand, one that stands for a more unified Austin community, a bigger global presence for Austin and fun. Austonia shares those values."

Partain's soccer coverage begins immediately, with her free, hosted text service—Austonia FC. For updates, special access and inside info, all moderated by Claire, sign up below.

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