Gettinginto the habit of participating in healthy lifestyle behaviors can bechallenging for many individuals. But, a program being sponsored by AgnesianHealthCare at Ripon High School on Wednesday evenings will help people find aneasier way to get into the habit of walking, while at the same time getting toknow their healthcare provider a little better.
CalledWalk with a Doc, Agnesian HealthCare providers are encouraging their patientsto join them for an opportunity to walk and have one-on-one time. Walk with aDoc is an international program designed by a board-certified cardiologist.
“The goal of Walk with a Doc is to encourage healthy physicalactivity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentarylifestyle to improve the health and well-being of all,” according to StephanieGlod, DO, a family medicine physician who serves patients at Ripon MedicalCenter.
“Walking is low impact andeasier on the joints than running,” Dr. Glod adds. “It’s safe – with ahealthcare provider’s approval – for people with orthopedic ailments, heartconditions and those who are more than 20 percent overweight. In addition,research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour ofregular exercise.”
TheSurgeon General of the United States recommends 150 minutes of weekly exerciseto:
Agnesian HealthCare has beensponsoring the Walk with a Doc program at Forest Mall in Fond du Lac for morethan two years, featuring monthly health screenings and provider presentations.It is now extending this successful program to Ripon for “Walk to Better Health with Agnesian HealthCare” on the first and thirdWednesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. starting on Wednesday, January 3.
To register or for moreinformation, call the Health Resource Center at (920) 926-4960 or registeronline at agnesian.com/walk-with-a-doc.