By: Ryan N. Robertson, MD
With the new year many people are making resolutions. One we would like to help with is for people to become more active and more medically informed. To this regard I am starting/leading a local chapter of a program and partnering with Bon Secours St. Francis, American Family Fitness and many other physicians in the community to help people meet these goals. This program is called Walk With a Doc.
About Walk With A Doc
Walk With a Doc is an international organization dedicated to the reversal of sedentary lifestyles by bringing physicians and patients/communities together to walk on a regular basis. During the walk the second goal is to help educate those present through medical lecture and natural conversation. Seven out of the ten most common causes of death are related to sedentary lifestyle so the hope of the program is that by getting people more active we can reverse or prevent those consequences and improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
Our program will consist of a walk every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6-7PM. The walk will start off with a short talk by one of our physicians/specialists with the plan to rotate the topics/speakers to provide patients with a broad medical education and bring in different physicians that patients may want to engage with. Then we will spend the rest of the time walking at everyone's own pace with the goal to get people walking but also to provide patients and the community with a dedicated period of time to ask questions and engage our physicians. We encourage people to bring a friend or relative and even a pet when we are outside. We have partnered with American Family Fitness to provide us an indoor location during the winter and as a back up for inclement weather during the other months. Starting in the spring, we will hold our walks outdoors at Midlothian Mines Park.
Program Launch and First Topic
Our first walk will be February 13th and our specialty focus will be Orthopaedics. I will be the speaker and will be giving a short talk on the benefits of walking on musculoskeletal health.
Health Benefits of Walking
Walking is a low impact activity that has multiple direct and indirect benefits for musculoskeletal health.
- Slows development of arthritis
- Improves Circulation
- Improves Bone Mass and Prevents Osteoporosis
- Increases Joint Flexibility and Range of Motion
- Weight Loss
- Reduces Stress and muscular tension
- Strengthen Muscles Gently
- Improves Posture
- May reduce low back pain
- May prevent future falls
- Walking helps you stay mobile and independent later in life
- Reduces pain and disability
Come Walk With Us
With the new year, hopefully you will take this as a chance to continue to fight against our sedentary lifestyles and come out and walk with us on February 13th. We look forward to sharing in the emotional and physical benefits of walking while sharing some medical knowledge on orthopaedics and other medical issues.
If you would like to learn more please refer to the links below or contact Brooke Hopkins Brooke_Hopkins@bshsi.org.
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