According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again! Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20 percent overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?
Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.
The two-mile walking route will begin at the Fort HealthCare Surgical Associates building near Bicentennial Park in Fort Atkinson, located at 212 Milwaukee Avenue West. Please dress for the weather and bring your phone, as you are encouraged to post to social media about your experience. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @fhc_forhealth.
Bret Hunt, MD of Fort Atkinson Emergency Physicians will be leading the first walk-and-talk. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk alone, with friends, a partner or family or with a group. It’s a personal preference. And special thanks to WP Beverages Pepsi Cola for donating Klarbrunn Sparkling Water for this event!
Then mark your calendar and join us again every 2nd Saturday of the month – same time, same place, but sometimes a different provider.
Walk With a Doc is just one way that we’re working to fulfill our Mission to improve the health and well-being of our communities with a Vision to be the healthiest community in Wisconsin. We hope you will join us!
Read more about the benefits of walking in this Blog Post by Dr. Hunt.
Dr. Hunt graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He completed his training in Emergency Medicine on the south side of Chicago at Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he also founded and oversaw the residency program’s wellness curricula. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Originally from central Illinois, he grew up on a small farm, the eldest of nine children. As a physician, he became interested in fitness and wellness after noticing that many patients were suffering from chronic diseases related to diet, physical activity, and other aspects of lifestyle habits. When he’s not working in the Fort HealthCare Emergency Department, he enjoys strength training, yoga, hiking, canoeing, gardening, fiddling, cooking, reading, and being outside as much as possible with his family.
This program was started in Columbus, OH in April of 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir and has now expanded throughout the country. For more information, visit WalkWithADoc.org.