Next Walk With A Doc Set for Saturday, May 13

Harbin Clinic physicians encourage everyone to take steps to get active this spring by taking part in the national Walk With a Doc program aimed at getting people in the community out and healthy.

The free series features monthly walks led by a Harbin Clinic physician where participants can not only get some great exercise but also have a chance to talk to a doctor.

The next event is set for Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. in Downtown Rome. The walk leaves from Bridgepoint Plaza, follows the Kingfisher Trail and is approximately two miles. People of all fitness levels are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Harbin Clinic ENT & Allergy Specialist Dr. Mary Margaret Beauchamp will once again lead the walk. 

"We had a lot of participants for our walk in April, and I'm hoping even more people come out in May," Dr. Beauchamp says. "This is a great way to join people and have a fun time walking and enjoying the outdoors."

The American Heart Association says one of the best ways to get started walking is to walk with a group.  Walking is a low-cost, easy way to get some great exercise. It doesn’t require special clothes, equipment or membership to a gym or club.

Walking offers great health benefits, including lowering the risk of health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, strengthening bones and muscles, helping burn extra calories and helping improve mood.

More than 50 people participated in the first event on April 15 hearing about the benefits of exercise from Harbin Clinic ENT & Allergy Specialist Dr. Mary Margaret Beauchamp and Harbin Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Caroline Yaphockun.

Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc series continues on June 17.

Weather in May and June can be unpredictable. Please check Harbin Clinic’s website, Facebook and Twitter for updates about the events in case of inclement weather.