Measured on the basis of personal health indicators, transport, physical activities and facilities, Cape Town has emerged as South Africa’s fittest city. The index assessed the country’s six main metropolitan areas – Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni (East Rand), Tshwane (Pretoria), Cape Town, eThekwini (Durban) and Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth).
According to health news site, Health-e, the Head of Vitality Dr Craig Nossel said the Index essentially rewarded Cape Town for creating potential for the citizenry to be active.
“There is a hope that if you build it, they will come. Cape Town is a city that is ready for you to be active, you just need to embrace it,” said Lambert.
Lambert agreed that the equitable distribution of facilities and green space in the city was also an important consideration, adding that they were hoping to improve the facilities audit in the next round although there was proof that Cape Town was creating such facilities in areas such as Mitchells Plain and planning more.
Cape Town initiatives singled out as contributing factors to keeping Capetonians fit include the MyCiti Bus Rapid Transit System, the cycle path between Paarden Island and Table View, outdoor gyms and the Green Point Urban Park.
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