America Walks Welcomes New Board Member Gordon Petrie
On Friday, October 27 on his way to walking 650 miles during October’s annual Mayor’s School Walking Challenge, Emmett Mayor Gordon Petrie received notice he was named the newest member of the Board of Directors of America Walks.
“What an honor,” commented Petrie. “I suspect it came because of Team Emmett’s efforts to make Emmett more walkable and my affiliation with the Walking College last year. I became an advocate because collectively in Idaho and throughout our nation, our body masses are increasing, causing an up-tick in several chronic illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. Walking helps combat this.”
America Walks believes that something as simple as walking and other forms of regular physical activity can help to create healthier individuals, more engaged communities, and stronger economies. The organization supports and encourages community policies and practices that promote health, economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and social equity.
“Everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, or geographic location deserves safe, accessible, and fun places to walk and be physically active,” Executive Director Kate Kraft said. “Mayor Petrie will be an important voice for rural America where wide open spaces often exist, but infrastructure to support and encourage active transportation often is lacking. He will be a wonderful addition to our team as we continue to spread the word on the power of walking and walkability.”