Union Hospital will host the first of its new “Walk With a Doc” free monthly walking program events to take a step toward better health on Saturday, March 5, at 9 a.m. at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center at Dover.
Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. Aruna Rao, MD, the medical director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine services at Union Hospital. Dr. Rao will lead the walk and also will provide a brief health-related discussion and will be available to answer questions and encourage participants.
No registration is required and walkers will gather at the Senior Center located at 425 Prospect St. before walking in the Senior Center’s indoor walking track.
“I am thrilled that Union Hospital has made the decision to become part of the nationally successful ‘Walk With a Doc’ program,” said Rao. “This is exactly the type of low-cost, high-reward fitness program that can lead to improved health for everyone of any age.
“As the community’s partner in health, Union Hospital and our staff are the people who should be leading and encouraging participation in this worthwhile program.”
Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization with a mission to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. Future walk dates will be announced by the hospital and on the Walk With a Doc website at www.walkwithadoc.org.
“Walk With a Doc is honored to team up with Union Hospital,” said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk With a Doc. “By incorporating Walk With a Doc, Union Hospital is demonstrating an exceptional level of caring and commitment to its community.”
Sabgir, a cardiologist from Columbus, created the program and has been walking every weekend since 2005.
Rao, who received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean, is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She said she has long advocated for the health benefits of the basic exercise of walking.
“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,” she said. “Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.”
Other healthcare professionals, public officials and others will be part of upcoming walks, which will be held the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at locations around the county. A complete schedule will be announced soon, and the Tuscarawas County Senior Center will serve as the alternate site for each walk in the case of inclement weather.
Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).