Columbus Community Hospital Introduces Walk with a Doc Events
There are hundreds of reasons to get outside and take a walk. From a stroll in the park, to a brisk walk on the treadmill, walking has been proven to lower cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure and improve circulation. It also burns calories, increases your metabolism and stimulates digestion, among many other benefits.
That’s why Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) is encouraging area residents to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc. The new program, which began in June, brings community members and doctors together once a month.
Walk with a Doc takes place the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Locations and physicians change each month, but the mission stays the same.
“Coming together as a community of people for the purpose of health is one of the biggest benefits of the Walk with a Doc program,” said Dr. Luke Lemke, family practice physician at Columbus Medical Center. “The three goals of Walk with a Doc events are to educate, exercise and empower people to live their best life.”
The Walk with a Doc event encourages physical activity in people of all ages in order to reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. While participants walk at their own pace, they will have the opportunity to get their health questions answered by local physicians.
The program is organized through CCH’s Occupational Health Services.
“This is an awesome way to get people out into the community,” said Danielle Frewing, director of Occupational Health Services. “You can also develop camaraderie with your neighbors, friends, people you’ve never even met before and just develop a sense of community.”
Each event lasts about an hour. No registration is necessary and no special gear is needed.