“Walk With A Doc” program adds education to exercise

Published: April 5, 2018 6:35 am

“Walk With A Doc” is a walking program for anyone interested in taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. At 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month, participants meet at Depot Park and walk and talk with local physicians or allied health providers. Participants walk at their own pace and have the opportunity to ask questions to local physicians.

The Gainesville Walk With A Doc Chapter was started by Albert Barrera, a 2016 UF graduate who plans to attend medical school. He is passionate about seeing others reach optimal health and hopes that Walk With A Doc will become a staple event in the Gainesville community.

Each walk starts with a five- to 10-minute talk by a local physician or allied health provider, followed by an hour-long walk. Community members can come with any health questions they have. The events are free, and participants are encouraged to bring friends and family—dogs are welcome, too—along for the fun. Participants don’t need any special gear; just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and head to Depot Park.

The program was started in 2005 in Columbus, Ohio, and has expanded throughout the country.

Learn more at: http://walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/gainesville-fl/

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