Trinity hosting ‘Walk With a Doc’ monthly at OV Mall

Contributed EXERCISE — Elsie Duff, from left, Shelly Dugg and Lynne DeWndra who participated in the first Walk with a Doc event May 7 at the Ohio Valley Mall.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Trinity Health System is encouraging Belmont County residents to take a step toward better health with its Walk with a Doc health program that brings doctors and patients together.

The first walk was held May 7 at the Ohio Valley Mall.

Walk with a Doc is an international nonprofit organization with a mission is to inspire communities through movement and conversation.

“This program has had tremendous participation and success in hundreds of cities around the world,” said Jessica Kelley, outreach coordinator for the health system.

“We are very pleased to bring this exciting and simple program to St. Clairsville, as it has shown such improved health results for countless people around the world. We expect to expand to other locations in the near future.”

The walks are open to the community at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of every month at the mall. Participation is free and pre-registration is not required. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with a different doctor each time as well as other healthcare professionals, who will provide support to participants and answer questions during the walk.

The first physician participant was Dr. Vincent Kolenich. Kolenich is a primary care podiatric physician who has been practicing for more than 25 years in Belmont County and understands the importance of footcare and proper shoe wear especially when starting or maintaining an exercise program.

“Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Trinity Health System. By incorporating this program into the practice, Trinity Health System is demonstrating an exceptional level of care and commitment to their community,” said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc.

“There’s no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes,” said Kolenich. “Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.”

According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide the following benefits:

ł Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels;

ł Help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity;

ł Enhance mental well-being;

ł Reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

St. Clairsville joins a growing list of communities worldwide that have started local Walkwith a Doc programs. WWAD was started by Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus. He has walked with patients and community members nearly every weekend since 2005. Learn more about Walk with a Doc at walkwithadoc.org.


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