Union Hospital will host the second of its new “Walk With a Doc” free monthly walking program events to take a step toward better health on Saturday, April 2, at 9 a.m. on the Panhandle Passage Trail beginning in McCluskey Park at Dennison.
The walk, which is part of a nationally recognized community walking program, will be led by Dr. Aruna Rao, MD, of Union Hospital and Tuscarawas County Commissioner Belle Everett.
Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk along the fully paved Panhandle Passage Trail, which spans between portions of Dennison and Uhrichsville and alongside a stretch of the Stillwater Creek.
No registration is required, there is absolutely no cost to attend and all participants will receive tickets for free admission to the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum. Healthy snacks and water will be available, and free blood-pressure checks also will be featured.
The event is open to all members of the family, and McCluskey Park offers plenty of parking, playground equipment, ball courts and more. Participants can enter the park at the intersection of N. 1st and North Sts., which is just a short drive from Rt. 250 (turn right onto North St. off N. 2nd St. if driving from Rt. 250 exit at Dennison).
Dr. Rao, the medical director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine services at Union Hospital, also will provide a brief health-related discussion and will be available to answer questions and encourage participants.
Commissioner Everett, who said she was a frequent visitor to McCluskey Park as a child, said she fully supports free health-related programs that encourage the community in a low-pressure environment.
“Since walking is the easiest and most accessible form of exercise for most people, I am pleased to see a program like this that simply encourages walking,” Everett said. “Since the walks are planned to be held in other locations, too, it’s also a way for our county’s residents to see what is available to them right here in their own communities.”
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.
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 indoor walking track at Tuscarawas County Senior Center at Dover 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).