Columbus – Columbus residents have an opportunity to speak with physicians at no cost to them thanks to the Walk With a Doc program. The Walk With a Doc Program meets once a month and the goal is to promote a more active lifestyle.
The program started in 2006 by a cardiologist in Ohio who challenged his patients to meet him at the local park on a Saturday morning. The goal was simply to take a walk with him and be more active. The program was born and since then has grown to be a nationwide initiative to promote a healthier lifestyle.
The group meets up each third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at scheduled meeting areas around town and listens to a doctor or healthcare professional give a three to five minute speech about the health topic of the month. Upon conclusion of the speech, participants are invited to walk with the doctor for the remainder of the hour. Folks that wish to participate in the program are encouraged to walk as long or as little as they would like and at their own pace.
This weeks topic was “Running in the Cold.” The discussion was lead by Premier Physical Therapy Director, Randy Perault. Perault gave many useful tips, tricks, and insight on how to prevent injury that is associated with walking during cold winter months. Some of the important points he touched on during his speech were avoiding cotton clothing products during walking or jogging. He says that cotton absorbs too much moisture and will only make it easier for the wind to pierce through your clothing during frigid temperatures. He also stressed that walking during icy conditions is dangerous and should be avoided. Perault suggested walking around US30 Center Mall or a treadmill as an alternative.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Walk With a Doc program are encouraged to call the Occupational Health Services Office at Columbus Community Hospital to learn more.