Walk with a Doc program to feature heart health in February
Andrew Lederman, MD, walks and chats with community members during the January Walk with a Doc program. Walk with a Doc continues in February with John Raymond, PA-C, who will talk about heart health before walking with participants at the mall on February 25.
Presque Isle, Maine (February 14, 2020) — Northern Light AR Gould Hospital kicked-off its new Walk with a Doc program in January. This is the local offering of an international health program that brings providers and patients together each month to walk and to chat.
It was an exciting start of the program, with nearly 40 people taking part. Andrew Lederman, MD, from Northern Light Orthopedics spoke to participants briefly about the benefits of exercising before they took to the track to walk at the Sargent Family Community Center.
“It’s all about putting your body in motion, no matter where you are starting from,” he said. “Even if you walk just one lap, you are taking steps to improve your health.”
He and other staff from the hospital then walked the track for about 45 minutes with community members, talking about a range of topics from health to other local interests.
The program continues on Tuesday, February 25, with John Raymond, PA-C, from Northern Light Heart & Lung. Raymond will talk briefly about heart health and then walk with participants in laps inside the Aroostook Center Mall. The event takes place from 11am to 12 noon.
According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can: improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels; help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity; enhance mental well-being; and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Walk with a Doc is free and open to the public. It is intended for people of all ages and physical abilities. Participants can walk at their own pace for whatever distance they choose.
Other upcoming providers will include: David Weed, DO, from Sleep Diagnostics on March 31; Jonathan Herland, MD, from Pain Clinic on April 28; Heather Montgomery, FNP, from Walk-In Care on May 26; and Veronica Miksch, PA-C, from Primary Care on June 30.
Light snacks and water will be provided at each of the Walk with a Doc sessions. Participation is free and pre-registration is not required. Simply stop by and enjoy a walk with local healthcare professionals, who will provide support and answer questions during the walk.