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Walk with a Doc takes place one Saturday each month

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Public can 'Walk with a Doc' on Saturdays

Each month, the Live Healthy Appalachia group sponsors a walk allowing the public to interact with doctors and receive medical advice. By involving local health care providers, participants get the opportunity to discuss lifestyle factors that affect their health with trained professionals.
"Ultimately, this program brings members of the community closer together so that they can motivate each other to be more active and fosters discussion about living a healthy lifestyle," said Kevin DeGroot, a second-year medical student at Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. "'Walk with a Doc' is an exceptionally important program to the Athens community. Many people these days are not getting as much physical activity as they should be to stay healthy."

Many residents bring their children. The program's intent is to encourage physical activity in any age group. All members of the Athens community are welcome to attend.

"At these events, I get the privilege to interact with many outstanding members of our community," said DeGroot. "They often tell me about their goals and what they are doing to accomplish them. It is exceptionally impressive how much these individuals have achieved, whether it be losing weight, maintaining a more balanced diet, or routinely getting out to walk during those chilly winter months. I have had members tell me about completing their first triathlon and losing upwards of 50 pounds."

The walks take place at 8:30 a.m. at the new Ohio University Walter Field House on the second Saturday of every month.

Along with sponsors, O'Bleness Hospital, the Holzer Clinic and the University Medical Associates, Live Healthy Appalachia strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.

"Once someone comes, they usually return, finding benefit in the program," said Dr. Lance Broy, the president of medical staff at O'Bleness Hospital and medical director for family practice at the Holzer Clinic. "Residents range from ages 20 to 70, but are more commonly 40 and older."

Broy has personally seen residents benefit from the program.

"A woman at a walk from two months ago has lost over 30 pounds and was able to stop her diabetes and high blood pressure medications," said Broy

According to the American Heart Association, walking for only 30 minutes a day reduces the risks of coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. It also enhances mental wellbeing, improves blood pressure and maintains body weight.

"The program gives residents access to group exercise," said Broy. "Studies show you are more apt to be consistent with exercise if done with others. The walks provide a relaxed setting with exposure to doctors willing to answer questions."
For more information, email contact@walkwithadoc.org, call 614-714-0407 or visit http://www.walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/athens-oh/.