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Utah is the 10th most active state in the country, according to study

Sep 2, 2022, 9:00 PM

A woman running outdoor on a mountain road at summer sunset. According to a report from topnutritio...

A woman running outdoor on a mountain road at summer sunset. According to a report from topnutritioncoaching.com, Utah is the 10th most active state in the country. Photo credit: Samo Trebizan/Adobe Stock

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is the 10th most active state in America, that’s according to an article by topnutritioncoaching.com.

Devan Chavez, of the Utah Division of State Parks, says everything Utah naturally has to offer is the reason for the high ranking.

“The sky’s the limit when it comes to outdoor recreation at state parks in most places across Utah,” he said. “So, it’s no surprise to me that we made that top 10 designation. Personally, I would’ve like to see us a little higher. I think we deserve it.”

The article says states that are known for their mountains, winter sports and outdoors usually rank near the top of the list. Montana and Vermont are the two most active states, according to the study.

However, major metropolitan areas where people walk and bike on a regular basis can also rank well. Washington, D.C. was third on the list. The study found the least active states are in the southern part of the country, with Mississippi coming in last. 

And if you plan to get out this Labor Day weekend and be more active in the state, Chavez has some tips.

“Be courteous and kind to one another,” he said. “And do your best to stay safe, clean up after yourself. Wear your life jacket, your helmet and have a blast.”

Mark Jones contributed to this article.

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