Vernon Memorial Healthcare is encouraging all area residents to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk every Saturday at 9am starting at the Viroqua Farmer’s Market location at Wisconsin Technical College Entrance at 220 S. Main Street, Viroqua.
Walk with a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is 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.
The Walk is open to the community. Participation is free and pre-registration is not required. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. Elizabeth Roberts and other doctors from Vernon Memorial Healthcare, as well as other health care professionals, who will provide support to participants and answer questions during the Walk.
According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide the following benefits: • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels • Help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity • Enhance mental well-being • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Viroqua joins a growing list of communities nationwide that have started local Walk with a Doc (WWAD) programs. WWAD was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist with Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, OH. He has Walked with patients and community members every weekend since 2005.
Learn more about Walk with a Doc at www.walkwithadoc.org.