The survey ranks cities' overall well-being based on percentage of obesity, frequent exercise, frequent produce consumption, smoking, daily stress, and the uninsured based on Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data from 2012 and 2013.
According to WSET.com, Lynchburg has come a long way since being ranked among the top ten most obese cities in the country is 2010.
As a result of the 2010 findings, former Mayor Joan Foster founded Live Healthy Lynchburg, an initiative between city officials, the health department and local organizations to fight obesity and help citizens reach for healthy goals.
Lynchburg area residents have lost more than 12 tons of body weight since then through programs and initiatives which include the Strive for Five Challenge, now in its second year.
The goal of Strive for Five is to spend 30 minutes each day engaged in physical activities five days a week. Strive for Five 2014 began April 7 and ends June 15.
Foster's health and fitness goals for the city's residents were continued by current Mayor Mike Gillette. Here are some ways to reach your personal health goals in Lynchburg.