Heartland invites public to "Walk with a Doc" on Saturday, June 13

Heartland Community Health Center is partnering with a national non-profit to bring the "Walk with a Doc" program to Lawrence. The first walk will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 9am at the Sandra J. Shaw Community Health Park (110 Maine St). This free event is open to the public and gives participants the opportunity to meet Heartland's providers outside of the clinical setting. Among the team of providers hosting the 1.25 mile walk will be Heartland's newest doctor, A.J. Strickland, MD. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Those who wish to attend the walk can register here.

Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and to reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. “This program has had tremendous participation and success in many other cities around the country,” said Heartland CEO, Jon Stewart. “I’m very pleased for Heartland to be part of this exciting and simple program that can help make a difference in people's health.”

“Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Heartland Community Health Center. By incorporating Walk with a Doc, Heartland is demonstrating an exceptional level of caring and commitment to its community”, said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc.

Why walk? “There’s no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risk for many diseases,” said Dr. Strickland.

Lawrence joins a growing list of communities nationwide that have created local Walk With a Doc programs. Walk with a Doc was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist who practices at Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, OH and he has been walking every weekend since 2005. The expansion and support of the program is thanks to Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

More information is available on Heartland's website.

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