Dr. Kelly McCants, right, a cardiologist, is a KentuckyOne Walk with a Doc champion.
KentuckyOne Health employees and family members are encouraged to "Walk with a Doc" this summer. You can earn wellness points if you log the activity as a "community event" on the My Healthy Spirit website. If you're participating in the Move Your Spirit challenge, this will help you reach your 200,000 steps! (Click here to learn more about how to earn wellness points.)
Walk with a Doc is a free, nationwide program that empowers people to improve their health through physical activity by exercising side-by-side with their health care providers.
A KentuckyOne doctor and other health professionals meet with residents at 10 a.m. each month at the following locations throughout the year:
• 2nd Saturday at the Parklands of Floyds Fork, Egg Lawn
• 3rd Saturday at Iroquois Park near the Amphitheater
• 4th Saturday at Shawnee Park on the river side of the walking path
Central and Eastern Kentucky:
• 2nd Saturday in downtown Bardstown at the Old Courthouse Building
• 2nd Saturday at Saint Joseph London on the lake walking path
Walkers have the opportunity to learn about important health topics, ask medical questions in an informal manner, and receive free blood pressure screenings. As an incentive to make walking a habit, participants who Walk with a Doc three times earn a T-shirt.
“Our community has asked for more free services, education and prevention programs and we’ve made it our mission to fulfill that request,” said Alice Bridges, vice president, healthy communities, KentuckyOne Health. “Walk with a Doc helps us achieve that. It motivates people to get out into our beautiful parks and become more active. It also gives them access to health information from trusted experts.”
Just 30 minutes of walking a day can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar, elevate mood, and reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer and diabetes.
Click here for 100 Reasons to Walk.
For more information, visit: KentuckyOneHealth.org/WalkwithaDoc.