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9/12/2005  4:36:00 PM
Tom Van Bronkhorst (206)684-8807

Am. Podiatric Medical Assoc. says Seattle is among walker-friendliest

SEATTLE Today, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) presented the Seattle City Council with an award recognizing Seattle as a Best Walking City for 2005.

Im proud to represent a great city of walkers, said Councilmember Jean Godden, who received the award on behalf of the Council. Its only one of the ways we put our best foot forward. The APMA study reveals that 35% of Seattle residents walk to stay fit and 36% buy athletic shoes.

Dr. Tom Burghardt, President of the Washington State Podiatric Medical Association, and Dr. Don Hovancsek, member of the Board of Trustees, delivered the award on behalf of Dr. Harold Glickman, president of the APMA. They commended Seattle for being a walker-friendly city because of the extensive health benefits walking provides.

This is the third year that the APMA has conducted a walking study as part of its Best Walking City Competition. It evaluated 200 of the largest U.S. cities based on healthy lifestyles, modes of transportation to and from work, and involvement in fitness and sport activities. Seattle was surpassed only by Arlington, Virginia, and San Francisco.

For a complete list of all 200 cities and the criteria used in the APMAs 2005 Best Walking City Competition, visit


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