(EFFINGHAM, IL) – Want to stay active heading into the holiday season? Then join HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital at their next monthly “JustWalk™” Walk With a Doc walking program on Saturday, November 16 at 9 a.m., moving back inside to the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex at 1301 North Maple Street, Effingham. To participate in this Walk With a Doc event, you do not have to be a member of the Workman Sports Complex. Walkers should meet in St. Anthony’s Physical Rehab and Wellness area, which is immediately to the left as you enter the front entrance of the complex.
At the start of the walk on November 16, there will be a brief talk about diabetes. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a time when cities across the US team up to bring attention to diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 30.3 million people in the United States (9.4% of the population) have diabetes, including 7.2 million who are unaware they are living with the disease.
Following the brief talk, walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk on the walking track with St. Anthony’s Chief Medical Officer Ryan Jennings, MD, and other health care professionals who will provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk.
Get your family moving and join the health care providers of HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital for a morning walk focused on fun, health and meeting new friends. This is a free program and pre-registration is not required.
Walks are 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 are thanks to Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
To learn more about the Walk With a Doc program, visit walkwithadoc.org.