Story from the Sole: Senator Marko Liias and the “Gateway Drug” to a Healthier Lifestyle

By: Leah Wyatt   Senator Marko Liias, who represents Washington State’s 21st legislative district, has been a longtime champion of walking as a means of transportation, which his political commitments to improving pedestrian infrastructure reflect. Roughly four years ago, however, he realized unhealthy habits he developed over time had contributed to significant weight gain. He […]

Story From the Sole – The East Howe Steps, “A Living Room for the Community”

By: Leah Wyatt   With our third annual Stairway Walks Day just around the corner on February 7th, it’s exciting to talk about projects underway to improve our current pedestrian thoroughfares.   A pedestrian route leading from the top of Capitol Hill down to Eastlake Avenue already exists, however the Lake Union Neighborhood Council envisioned […]

Story From the Sole – Alejandra Diaz and the Walking School Bus

By: Leah Wyatt   Alejandra Diaz, who has lived in the Seattle area twelve years, first connected with Feet First at a Walking School Bus training held at Roxhill Elementary School, which Alejandra’s daughter attended at the time. Alejandra, who thought the Walking School Bus sounded like a fun idea to allow children and parents in […]

Story from the Sole: Dr. Dori Rosenberg Helps Older Adults Remain Mobile

By Leah Wyatt   Mobility is critical to our health and well-being, especially as we age. How can we ensure that older adults are able to remain active despite difficulties they may face in attempting to do so?  Dr. Dori Rosenberg of Seattle’s Group Health Research Institute, a public-interest research center, has conducted extensive research into […]

Story from the Sole: Dr. Jason Mendoza and his Walking School Bus Study

By Zoe Harris   Throughout the month of May students across the country celebrate getting to school using their own power. The benefits of walking or rolling to school are myriad and many may seem obvious, but having data-driven support is invaluable to the Safe Routes to School movement. Doctor Jason Mendoza and a team of […]

Story from the Sole: Jane Stevens and the Wednesday Walkers

By Zoe Harris   Wednesdays were always the “high spot of the week,” explains Mrs. Stevens; “they certainly were, ” adds her sister Mrs. Campbell. The sisters have such an affection for Wednesdays because weekly, for nearly fifty years, a group of women calling themselves the Wednesday Walkers have convened for a day hike in the Pacific […]