NEW YORK — The list of the Best and Worst States for Fit Kids was released this month. Connecticut, New York and Vermont top the list with Alaska, Nebraska and Nevada filling up the bottom rungs of the in-shape children ladder.

After five months of studying mandated school fitness and nutrition policies, along with more than a dozen other factors relating to a healthy lifestyle, such as the availability of safe playgrounds, rates of participation in youth sports and the number of fast-food restaurants, Child magazine ranked states (see list below) from best to worst for fit children.

The magazine found that only one state required daily physical education classes for all students and only one in four specified a reasonable physical education class size. Only two-thirds of the schools teach elementary school students about nutrition.

For more information or to see where your state falls on the complete list go to: www.childmagazine.com.

Top 10 States

  1. Connecticut
  2. New York
  3. Vermont
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Missouri
  6. Maine
  7. West Virginia
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Arkansas
  10. Illinois

Bottom 10 States

41. Iowa

42. Wyoming

43. Idaho

44. Alabama

45. South Dakota

46. Kansas

47. Mississippi

48. Nevada

49. Nebraska

50. Alaska