By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jan 09, 2007 at 12:57 PM

This month, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, the editors at Cooking Light magazine chose their top 20 cities based on access to nutritious food and opportunities for maintaining optimum physical health and well-being.  In their words, they ranked "the 20 American cities that best fit our philosophy to eat smart, be fit and live well."  

Milwaukee came in No. 8, ahead of Colorado Springs, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago and others.  Milwaukee will be profiled in the magazine's May issue.  In Jan./Feb. issue, the cities ranked 11 through 20 receive full profiles.  

Fifteen criteria were used in the ranking, including healthfulness and exercise data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, restaurant ratings from the James Beard Foundation and the Zagat Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's farmers' market listings and parks and recreation data from the Trust for Public Land. Each category was calculated on a per-capita basis for the comparison.

The "Cooking Light 20 Best Cities" in America are:

1. Seattle
2. Portland, Ore.
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Minneapolis
5. San Francisco
6. Boston
7. Denver
8. Milwaukee
9. Philadelphia
10. Tucson
11. Baltimore
12. Colorado Springs
13. Pittsburgh
14. St. Louis
15. New York
16. Atlanta
17. Austin, Texas
18. Chicago
19. Las Vegas
20. Kansas City

Milwaukee's own Leon's Custard Stand was also No. 8 but on Saveur's annual 100 list, which appears in the February 2007 issue. 

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.