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Plano among leaders in Best and Worst Cities for Men and Women in 2011

MEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE

All told, we crunched the numbers for 37 different criteria, from man killers (heart disease, cancer, and so forth) to man thrillers (ratio of single men to single women).

The 10 Best

1. Madison, WI
2. Fargo, ND
3. Plano, TX
4. Burlington, VT
5. San Jose, CA
6. Lincoln, NE
7. Austin, TX
8. Aurora, CO
9. Virginia Beach, VA
10. Seattle, WA

The 10 Worst

91. Toledo, OH
92. New Orleans, LA
93. Charleston, WV
94. Baltimore, MD
95. St. Petersburg, FL
96. Memphis, TN
97. Detroit, MI
98. Birmingham, AL
99. Philadelphia, PA
100. St. Louis, MO

These five cities from our top 10 should be commended for the body benefits highlighted below.

1. Madison, WI
Ward off a brain attack

Madison’s secret? Midwestern consistency. When we delved into data from the usual assortment of alphabet agencies (CDC, FBI, EPA), we found that the capital of the Badger State kept throwing ringers in the key categories of health, fitness, and quality of life.

The men of Madison also have the second lowest rate of death from strokes. Credit well-timed medical intervention. “Madison is a community with a high proportion of doctors, and people take advantage,” says Matthew Jensen, M.D., a professor of neurology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. If your BP is inching up, see your M.D.: Research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine showed that people who regularly followed up with their doctor to manage their blood pressure were less likely to die during the study period than those who stayed away.

Think you’re too young to have a stroke? Don’t bet on it.

3. Plano, TX
Tap your competitive spirit

To understand why Plano finished first in weight training, just imagine Dillon, the fictional Texas town of Friday Night Lights. “Plano is filled with overachievers,” says Thomas Jensen, a certified personal trainer in the super-ripped city. “That competitive edge gives them an advantage in all aspects of life, including fitness.” Put yourself in the same mindset by trying to outdo a friend when you lift. In a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, people chest-pressed 11 percent more weight when competing against others.

WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE

In our third annual survey, we teamed up with Men’s Health to rate 100 U.S. cities in 41 categories, including cancer rates and cost of living, and residents who tend to have healthy eating and workout habits.

The surprising results prove there are plenty of unexpected, awesome locales to lay down roots. But even if your chosen hometown isn’t celebrated here (or—yikes!—made the “worst” list), that doesn’t mean you can’t live healthfully. Read on to see how, and check out this month’s issue of Men’s Health to discover where the guys have it good.

Find a Great Guy
No. 1 Plano, Texas

With 139 single men for every 100 available women, this town is great for women’s hearts, in every sense. Studies show social interaction cuts the risk of cardiac woes because “companionship reduces stress levels, which then lowers your chances of developing heart disease,” says New York City-based cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, M.D. Regardless of whether you’re single or coupled up, spend at least one night a week engaging in ample QT with your guy or pals.

Don’t see your city? For the complete rankings, go to WomensHealthMag.com/BestCities.

10 Best

1. Plano, TX
2. Fargo, ND
3. San Jose, CA
4. Raleigh, NC
5. Austin, TX
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. Boise, ID
8. Santa Ana, CA
9. Virginia Beach, VA
10. San Francisco, CA

10 Worst

91. Tulsa, OK
92. Memphis, TN
93. St. Petersburg, FL
94. Charleston, WV
95. Birmingham, AL
96. Baltimore, MD
97. St. Louis, MO
98. Toledo, OH
99. Detroit, MI
100. Philadelphia, PA

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