(EFFINGHAM, IL) – With February being American Heart Month, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is encouraging area residents to take steps to improve their heart health.  One way is to join HSHS St. Anthony’s at their next monthly “JustWalk™” Walk With a Doc walking program on Saturday, February 16 at 9 a.m., at the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex. Walkers should meet in the lobby of the complex. To participate in this Walk With a Doc event, you do not have to be a member of the Workman Sports Complex.
Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk on the walking track with St. Anthony’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Jennings; Cory Hess, APRN; and other health care professionals who will provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk.  There will be a brief presentation prior to the walk, about Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib), the most common cardiac arrhythmia. There will also be an opportunity to have a quick screening for A-Fib through a simple Kardia Mobile device.  With just the touch of your fingertips, this EKG device that is smaller than a credit card, allows users to take a medical grade single-lead EKG in 30 seconds. 
This is a FREE program and pre-registration is not required. Walks will be held monthly, on the third Saturday of each month.  During the winter months (November through March) and when there is inclement weather, the walks will be held at the Workman Sports and Wellness Complex.  In the spring, summer and fall seasons (April through October), the walks will be held at outside locations.

For cases of inclement weather, please check the hospital’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StAnthonysMemorialHospital or listen to local radio stations for notices about cancellation or changes in location.
“Walk With a Doc” was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist who practices at Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, OH and he has been walking every weekend since 2005. The expansion and support of the program is thanks to Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
To learn more about the Walk With a Doc program, visit walkwithadoc.org.

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Brad Ochiltree

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (217) 464-1161

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