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NEW YORK, Sep 09, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Men's Fitness Magazine has put Brigham Young and the University of California-Santa Barbara at the top of its list of the 20 fittest U.S. colleges.

University of Louisiana-Lafayette and University of New Orleans ranked at the top of least-fit colleges, the University of Wisconsin Daily Cardinal reports.

Men's Fitness Associate Editor Nate Millado said the Princeton Review compiled data for the survey from 10,000 students at more than 660 colleges and universities. The study rated different aspects including exercise, student bodies and cultural fitness.

He said his magazine conducted the study because many of its readers are students, and that college is a time when students develop lifelong health habits.

Along with BYU and the University of California-Santa Barbara at the top of the fittest list are Boston University; University of Vermont and Northwestern University.

Also among the least-fit schools are Mississippi State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Portland State University.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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