Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018
As summer fades and slightly cooler temperatures creep in, locals have one last opportunity for this year to stroll toward wellness at Harbin Clinic’s Walk with a Doc event on October 20 at Bridgepoint Plaza.
The walk, which starts at 9 a.m., will be led by Harbin Clinic General Surgeon, Dr. Paul Brock. Walking regularly, Dr. Brock says, has numerous health benefits that will help walkers both immediately and in the long run.
“Not only does walking improve your mood and strengthen your bones and muscles, but it helps with coordination, balance and can help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Brock. “The more regularly someone walks to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the less likely they’ll be to end up on my OR table.”
Harbin Clinic’s Walk with a Doc program runs from April through October. Participants gather in fellowship, listen to a Harbin Clinic physician share the benefits of walking from their health specialty’s standpoint and then embark on a 2-mile health walk along the Kingfisher trail.
If someone has attended every Walk with a Doc this year, they’ll have walked 12 miles to date with a Harbin doctor, and can add two more in October. More than 300 community members have participated in Walk with a Doc in 2018.
The national Walk with a Doc program began in 2005 in Columbus, Ohio and has expanded to an international entity with walks in over 20 countries. Harbin Clinic kicked off its own version of the program in 2017. In 2019, Walk with a Doc with resume in April.
Walkers should wear light clothing and comfortable shoes to beat the heat and stay safe. Summer weather in Georgia can be unpredictable, so check Harbin Clinic’s website, Facebook and Twitter for updates on the event.