Fit Index for Kansas CityKansas City ranked 36th in the 10th annual American Fitness Index released last week by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation. While 36 may not seem too bad, what’s alarming is that our city dropped six spots since last year.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the survey results.


74.5% – People reporting any exercise in the last 30 days
80.5% – Target Goal

50.1% – People meeting CDC aerobic activity exercise guidelines
60.6% – Target Goal

Whether you’re looking to maintain or improve your health, North Kansas City Hospital can help. We offer a variety of affordable land and water classes for all fitness levels and ages.

Eating Well

23.1% – People consuming 2+ fruits per day
34.0% – Target goal

13.9% – People consuming 3+ vegetables per day
18.5% – Target goal

If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease , or allergies, you might benefit from nutrition counseling. Talk with your doctor about a referral for our outpatient nutrition services.

High Blood Pressure

33.9% – People with high blood pressure
26.6% – Target goal

One in three Clay and Platte County residents lives with high blood pressure. Also known as hypertension, it’s considered a silent killer because most people don’t experience symptoms. Regular screenings are the best prevention. Fr blood pressure screenings are available at all three Meritas Health Express locations. High blood pressure is a treatable condition with the right care and management plan.

Heart Disease

186.7 – Death rate per 100,000 for cardiovascular disease
141.3 – Target goal

NKCH has the most advanced and comprehensive heart care program in the Northland, with both diagnostic and surgical services. Our accredited Chest Pain Center, Heart Care Clinic (formerly the Heart Failure Clinic), accredited heart failure program and Cardiac Rehabilitation programs give you convenient access to integrated, quality care quickly.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

See your primary care doctor for an annual check-up. If you need more specialized care, your doctor can recommend a specialist. If you don’t have a doctor, we can help you find one near you. Explore Find a Doctor or call 816.221.HEAL.