Area parks and physicians are teaming up so you and your family can enjoy local parks while learning helpful health information straight from the source.
Want to take in the beauty of local parks and learn from a physician how to improve your health?
You can do just that through the local Great Parks’ “Walk With a Doc” program, which was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a Columbus-based cardiologist. Today, there are 277 chapters in the country. “We are able to use the name and logo since Dr. Angela Fitch created a local chapter and she and the physicians she works with, runs the programs,” says Amy Roell, Outdoor Education Director for Great Parks.
The Cincinnati-based Walk With a Doc is prepared by Dr. Fitch, who usually prepares a health related topic and talks about it at the beginning of the event, and then the group goes on a one mile (or more) walk around the trails of the parks around the city of Cincinnati.
“People can ask questions, just have a conversation with Dr. Fitch, one of the other doctors that usually joins the group or each other,” she says. “It is not meant to act as a doctor appointment and she doesn’t give specific medical advice that one would get in an appointment with their doctor.”
Walk With a Doc takes place at the different Great Parks in the Cincinnati area for people of all ages. “It’s a great way for people to see the different parks or if they do not like to travel, at least one could come pretty close throughout the year,” she says. To Roell, the event is successful when people want to get out of the house to walk and enjoy the programs. “So even having a small group of five or six is a success,” she says.
Plus, she says, this event is important for the health and well being of people in the Cincinnati area. “Walking has so many positive benefits for your mind, body and soul,” she adds. “Couple that with being out in nature and it is a home run for your health!” Benefits of walking include: reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, strengthens lungs, provides more oxygen to the body, reduces stress by removing lactic acid from the blood, boosts energy, etc. To find out more about the benefits of walking, check out www.walkwithadoc.org.
Some events coming up for Walk with a Doc are Walk With a Doc at Miami Whitewater Forest on March 11 at 1pm, Walk With a Naturalist at Woodland Mound on March 25 at 10am, Wetland Walk at Miami whitewater Forest on April 1 at 11am. If you want to find out more about the events, check out www.walkwithadoc.org or www.greatcincystrides.com.