Local medical society doctors set to walk the talk

Posted at 8:18 AM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 09:29:50-05

The Nueces Co. Medical Society is inviting the public to join its physicians and staff to take part in its Walk With A Doc event Thursday afternoon.

This is its third walk of the year, and a great way to bring doctors, other health professionals and area residents together to promote a healthy lifestyle, and the benefits of walking,

Research shows that 80 percent of chronic diseases can be prevented if Americans followed four lifestyle behaviors: not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day.

The downside is that only 3 percent of Americans follow all four of these lifestyle behaviors. Walking not only improves health, but it also improves attitude, and when you walk with family and friends, it’s a great time to connect.

The Walk with a Doc program is one of Nueces Co. Medical Society's many efforts to promote “lifestyle medicine,” a movement it said will result in lower costs, improved outcomes and enhanced well-being.

Participation is free, and pre-registration is not required. Those who have taken part in all three walks will receive a Walk With A Doc t-shirt, and first-time walkers will receive a pedometer. Before the walk, they will have a short informational health talk, and have snacks and water.

This program is open to community members of all abilities. Walkers will enjoy a one hour, refreshing and rejuvenating walk with a doctor and/or other healthcare professionals, who will provide support to participants and answer questions during the walk.

The Walk With A Doc will take place 5 p.m. today, starting at 5 p.m. at the Hector P. Garcia Health Clinic at 2606 Hospital Blvd.

Walking is low-impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe with a doctor’s OK for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight.

In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise.

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