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UT Southwestern Frisco Blog: How Healthy is Frisco?

August 30, 2019 23:19 PM

One of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. is also one of the most active

When Money Magazine crowned Frisco the “Best Place to Live in America” in 2018, it didn’t just praise the city’s economic muscle. It pointed to Frisco’s overall health and quality of life as critical reasons why thousands are moving to the community every year.

Cruise through the city on any given weekend, and you’ll get a workout craning to watch all the activity: 5Ks racers gathering downtown, hikers on the trails at one of the 40+ parks, crowds filling the farmer’s market, future soccer stars scrimmaging on the 16 fields outside Toyota Stadium.

Yoga pants and exercise gear are the unofficial uniform of this health-conscious community, where just about everyone you meet seems to be coming from or going to a workout or sporting event.

Frisco’s active lifestyle is reflected in a long list of positive health stats for Collin County, which ranks well below the national average for smokers, obesity, and cancer and above the national average for life expectancy: 82 years vs. 78.

Frisco’s energetic Mayor Jeff Cheney says the city’s formula for good health works something like this:

Active lifestyle + community engagement + access to care and green spaces = tangible health benefits. “Seeing that connection happen is an enormous passion of mine,” said Mayor Cheney. Read more…

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