Improving your health can be as easy as a walk in the park!
Augusta Health started its Walk With A Doc program in 2016, in partnership with Staunton Parks & Rec and Waynesboro Parks & Rec. Walk With A Doc is free, and each walk is led by a local physician, and each walk begins with a brief medical note about a benefit of walking. Participants receive a free t-shirt and a free pedometer to track their steps each day.
Because lifestyle has a major impact on health, and sedentary lifestyles increase health risks, Augusta Health joined with the national Walk With A Doc program to encourage healthy physical activity. The goal of the program is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, so we can improve the health of those in our community.
Walking is moderate physical activity, and is an activity folks of all ages can enjoy without a huge investment in equipment or memberships.
And it works! According to Walk with a Doc statistics show that death from heart disease can be reduced by 34% by walking only two hours a week. Women with breast cancer who walk at a moderate pace, three to five hours a week, have a death rate half of those who are sedentary. Diabetes and obesity are chronic conditions that are improved by walking.
Here, in 2016, our Walk With A Doc participants walked 26,500,027 steps—or about 13,250 miles—between April and October! We're hoping for even more steps and more participation this year.
So start your weekend off by taking steps towards better health—join us and Walk With A Doc.
Scheduled Walks 2017
All Walks Start at 8:30 am on Saturdays
Location: Gypsy Hill Park, meet at the Bandstand
- April 8
- May 13
- June 10
- July 8
- August 12
- September 9
- October 14
Location: Greenway, meet at Dominion Shelter
- April 15
- May 20
- June 17
- July 15
- August 19
- September 16
- October 21