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Published on September 02, 2015

MU Health Care Physicians Partner with the Public for Saturday Morning Walks

Walks will be held monthly, and the first walk is Saturday, Sept. 5

South Providence Wellness Walks

Wellness Walks will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at South Providence Medical Park, 551 E. Southampton Drive. The first walk is Saturday, Sept. 5.

University of Missouri Health Care is starting a free program called Wellness Walks. The walks are an opportunity for community members to walk with friends and MU health care providers to achieve health goals. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with physicians, medical students and nurses who are taking part in the monthly event.

Wellness Walks will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at South Providence Medical Park, 551 E. Southampton Drive. The first walk is Saturday, Sept. 5.

Each walk begins with MU physicians giving a brief talk about a health topic and answering questions. Participants will be able to walk at their own pace on the three-quarter-mile trail around South Providence Medical Park.

Megan Warhol, DO, a family and community resident physician at MU Health Care, came up with the idea after hearing patients tell her they would get more exercise if they just had someone to go with them.

“Patients would tell me they would be motivated to be active if there was someone they were supposed to meet or could talk with while getting exercise,” Warhol said.

Warhol has always been a big proponent of physical fitness as a way to prevent disease and improve overall health and well-being.

“I saw a need for a community walking program that included physicians taking part, not only encouraging participants but also practicing what they preach,” she said. “It also gives us more time to talk with patients, helping them with questions or concerns they forgot to ask when in the clinic or issues that have come up since their last doctor’s visit.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no single exercise prescription for all individuals, but there are general guidelines: Adults 18 and older should aim for 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity such as jogging or running. Children ages 6 to 17 years old should engage in 60 minutes or more a day of physical activity, including walking, running, muscle and bone strengthening.

Sedentary lifestyles are associated with many health risks, and even modest increases in physical activity can lead to improved health outcomes.

Participants do not need to register to take part. Individuals who would like to participate can meet in the west parking lot near the fountains in front of South Providence Medical Park.

Click here for high-resolution photos of the trail at South Providence Medical Park.

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