By Ken Molestina

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW) – A new study by WalletHub that ranks U.S. cities for their wellness and active lifestyles is slamming Fort Worth with a ranking of 93 out of 100 cities. Dallas came in at number 80.

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Kate Blackburn, the director of FitWorth, a fitness initiative highly touted by the city of Fort Worth says she is “shocked”.

She added, “So much of it is about cost and accessibility at facilities for wellness and Fort Worth really likes to get outside and do fitness our way.”

According to her the rankings didn’t properly measure how active people are outdoors in Fort Worth. She says the popularity of trails, jogging routes, and the bike share program prove Fort Worth is a lot more active and fit minded than the study suggests.

Despite her response to the poor ranking, Blackburn does it admit the city has a long way to go in getting fit. She says the message of staying fit isn’t the problem, but rather the changing of an entire culture of residents who in the past haven’t been prone to staying fit.

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She said, “There’s absolutely a lot of work to be done, but when you look at the unofficial ways people are gathering together and participating in physical activity I think you will be amazed.”

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