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Self Magazine’s Best Place For Women 2006


photo courtesy of Self Magazine

If you are a magazine fiend like I am, then you have probably already seen the latest (December) issue of Self Magazine – the one with Cameron Diaz on the cover. Not the celebrity peruser I used to be, my personal interest in the magazine was the “healthiest cities for women” article. San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose all appear on the list, and pretty close to the top I might add. Keep reading to see what they said about these three cities; do you agree with their ratings?

San Francisco
Population: 1,689,500
Ranking: 7 out of 100 (down from #5 last year)
Fittest: #2
Least likely to be on a diet
Healthiest eaters: #5
Best environment: #1

+ Lowest obesity rate on list
+ Top score on list for dental health
+ Among five areas with most amount of park space

– Among the five areas with highest drinking rates
– Highest rates of allergies of anywhere on the list
– Scored in bottom 10 cities for women getting annual breast exams

San Jose
Population: 1,685,200
Ranking: 9 out of 100 (down from #2 last year)
Healthiest eaters: #2
Most sexually healthy: #2

+ Among five cities with lowest smoking rates
+ Among five cities with highest exercise rates
+ Cancer deaths in women 27 percent higher than average

– Among the cities with highest number of toxic sites
– Among five cities with highest allergy rates
– Scored in bottom fifth of list for amount of park space

Oakland
Population: 2,464,400
Ranking: 25 out of 100
Safest roads: #4

+ Top score on list for health eating habits
+ Women have nearly half the risk of dying in an auto accident compared to the average place
+ California is among the five best states for access to birth control and abortion

– Among the five cities with highest allergy rates
– Among the ten cities with the worst score for women getting annual Pap smears
– Longer-than-average commute of 70 minutes a day

Posted by on November 26, 2006.

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