Seattle voters will have a great opportunity to provide continued support to our parks [“Proposition 1 enrages, divides Seattle parks supporters,” Opinion Northwest, July 24]. Proposition 1 will create a Park District for our city, which is a proven way to deliver stable, sustainable funding for our parks, sports fields, and community centers.
Parks are critical to supporting healthy lifestyles. The epidemic of obesity in our country is in part due to lack of physical activity. Therefore, it is critical to support ways to make physical activity accessible, attractive and safe to the general public. Many individuals and families do not want to, or cannot afford to, use a gym for exercise. Outdoor activity can be an excellent option in these cases. Our parks system offers an outstanding venue for outdoor exercise for the general public.
On Aug. 5, I’ll be prescribing increased physical activity for all by approving Proposition 1. I hope that the people of Seattle will join me.
Anne McTiernan, physician and researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research focuses on health effects of physical activity and weight