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Issue Position: Healthy Transportation

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For decades Washington has engineered opportunities for physical activity out of our transportation system, making it harder and more dangerous for people to bicycle and contributing to a startling rise in rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and chronic health conditions related to air pollutants. Our state spends well over $1 billion on obesity-related health care costs every year. I am a strong supporter of added health to Washington's six transportation goals so that we can integrate health implications when designing, building, and maintaining our transportation system. This has the potential to save lives, improve health and safety, and reduce billions of dollars in preventable health care costs by shifting our investments toward more active ways of getting around.


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