Southcoast physicians want to help guide the region along the path to good health with a new, monthly walking program that is designed to get people up, moving and enjoying some beautiful walks throughout the South Coast region.
Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc will take place this Saturday, Jan. 12. The winter walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the Gleason YMCA at 33 Charge Pond Road in Wareham.
This month’s walk will be led by Brian Fitzpatrick, MD, family medicine physician at the Rosebrook site of Southcoast Physicians Group in Wareham. The community is invited to join Dr. Fitzpatrick and a YMCA trainer as they combine walking on the indoor and outdoor tracks (weather permitting) with some simple weight training tips you can use while you walk. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes for the outdoor portion of the walk.
“Taking a brisk walk can do wonders for your heath,” Dr. Fitzpatrick said. “In fact, walking just 30 minutes a day can decrease your risk of many health problems including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Join us as we walk the YMCA tracks and improve your health at the same time!”
All ages and levels of walking ability are welcome. Participants will receive a free pedometer and “Better Health Kits” that include information on nutrition and exercise. Registration is encouraged. To register call the Southcoast Wellness Line at 800-497-1727.
The Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc program includes monthly walks with Southcoast Physicians Group doctors throughout the South Coast region. Visit www.southcoast.org/walkwithadoc/ for more information about where Southcoast physicians will be walking next.