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Public invited to Walk with a Doc

September 25, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER - Everyone is invited to take a step toward better health by joining the new 'Walk with a Doc' program sponsored by Grundy County Memorial Hospital and physician Dr. Eric Neverman. The year-round walking program has more than 200 chapters across the country as part of an effort that pairs doctors with members of their community to encourage increased physical activity in people of all ages.

The first Grundy County walk is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, at 12:00 noon to coincide with Iowa's Healthiest State walk. Walk with a Doc begins at the UnityPoint Clinic entrance, 101 East J Avenue in Grundy Center, and will continue to the Pioneer Trail and return to the clinic parking lot. Each monthly gathering will begin with a brief health topic discussion, led by the doctor, before the walk gets underway.

"My interest in starting Walk with a Doc locally was to highlight the importance of incorporating regular physical activity into one's lifestyle," says Dr. Neverman, who joined UnityPoint Clinic Grundy Center Family Medicine recently. "Various chronic health conditions encountered in the clinic are related to a sedentary lifestyle. Adding physical activity can be as simple as getting outside for a walk. I hope our monthly community walks can help demonstrate the benefits of walking."

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Dr. Eric Neverman

The walk is open to everyone, says Dr. Neverman, and he believes the Walk with a Doc program is an effective way for him to become acquainted with community members while people also get a chance to get to know him outside of the doctor's office.

The first Walk with a Doc program began in Columbus, Ohio, more than ten years ago, and was the brainchild of David Sabre, M.D., a cardiologist. It's based on data that shows walking for as little as thirty minutes a day can reduce the risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, while improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels and elevating your mood. Its mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, improving the health and well-being of the country. The Grundy County Walk with a Doc effort is among ten walks offered in Iowa.

"The monthly walks are easy to join, require no special equipment, and are free," says Grundy County Memorial Hospital Health Promotion manager Crystal Petersen RDN LD. "Walking is low impact, so almost everyone can enjoy its benefits," remarks Petersen. "We encourage everyone to join us on October 5th to kick off Walk with a Doc, and participate in the Healthiest State Initiative statewide walk all at the same time."

Future Walk with a Doc walks are scheduled for November 2, December 7, and January 7, 2017.

For future receive walk information, phone 319-824-4161 or email

The GCMH website also lists Walk with a Doc dates, times and locations.



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