Branching Out and Seeing Some Great Golf

Sometimes you just have to branch out and do things you would never otherwise consider. An obvious but important lesson.

Over the weekend, thanks to the generosity of people I know, I scored some tickets to the PGA Senior tournament here in the Cleveland area (thanks to those who got me the tickets; they probably don’t read this, though). I had never watched professional golf before and thought it would be a little boring (I love playing golf, but don’t follow it on TV). Yet, it was a total blast! I saw some of the pros I knew from my childhood like Tom Kite and Greg Norman and got within several feet  of them to boot. Since it was the tournament, I couldn’t take photos, but the memories will last a lifetime. David and I even got about 2 feet from eventual winner Michael Allen who, with his caddy, left the green early and had to walk through the crowd (which at that point was pretty much us since he was not a favorite to win at that point).

All in all, it was an awesome day and I’m glad I tried something new.

The Fittest and Fattest Cities

Men’s Fitness has just released their list of the fittest and fattest cities in the USA. These kind of endeavors are always tricky since it’s not as easy as putting everyone on a scale and getting the average. The authors of the piece looked at several aspects:

  • Fitness Centers & Sport Stores
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Participation
  • TV Viewing
  • Overweight/Sedentary
  • Junk Food
  • Air Quality
  • Geography
  • Commute
  • Parks & Open Spaces
  • City Rec Facilities
  • Access to healthcare 
  • Motivation
  • Mayor & City Initiatives
  • State Obesity Initiatives
  • Then, they graded each aspect and tallied the score. The results were interesting with winter sports mecca Salt Lake City, UT being named the fittest city and near tropical paradise Miami landing the fattest spot. I guess this proves that good weather is pointless if you don’t take advantage of it and bad weather doesn’t have to be a disadvantage.

    I found it interesting that my city, Cleveland (well, the nearest city since I live in the country), made the fit list at number 15. We were docked for low air quality, junk food, few parks, and television watching while we succeeded in fitness options, commute, motivation, and sports participation. I think this is fairly accurate of how I would view Cleveland.

    Another Ohio city, Columbus, made the fattest list. I used to live in Columbus, and I would agree with that assessment as well. They got docked on most areas, so I’ll just mention where some positives emerged: sports participation, commute, and motivation. I guess all that motivation just doesn’t get translated into actual action.

    Philadelphia’s leaders, upon finding they made the fattest list, actually took concrete steps to correct that and are now off the list. Let’s hope Miami and the others find a way to get off it too.

    Where is your city and do you agree with the assessment?