KentuckyOne Health and the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement kick off Walk With a Doc events

4/15/2013

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KentuckyOne Health and the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement are teaming up this summer to get Louisville area residents to Walk With a Doc. On Saturday, May 18, KentuckyOne will kick off monthly Walk With a Doc events at Iroquois Park with Mayor Greg Fischer and LaQuandra Nesbitt, M.D., Louisville Metro director of Public Health and Wellness. 
 
Walk with a Doc is a nationwide program that works to empower patients to improve their health through physical activity, exercising side-by-side with their healthcare providers. Walkers have the opportunity to learn about important health topics, ask medical questions in an informal manner and receive free blood pressure screenings, refreshments and giveaways. To help make walking a habit, people who participate in at least three walk events receive a Walk With a Doc tech shirt.
 
Walk With a Doc events will take place at 10 a.m. every second Saturday of the month at the Egg Lawn in Beckley Creek Park at The Parklands; every third Saturday of the month at Iroquois Park at the shelter near the Amphitheater; and every fourth Saturday of the month at Shawnee Park at the Southwestern Parkway entrance parking lot.
 
What: KentuckyOne Health Kicks Off Walk With a Doc Events at Iroquois Park
 
When:  Saturday, May 18
10 a.m.
 
Where: Iroquois Park
           
(at the shelter near the Amphitheater)
5216 New Cut Road
 
Who:
·        Mayor Greg Fischer
·        LaQuandra Nesbitt, director, Louisville Metro Health and Wellness
·        Alice Bridges, vice president, healthy communities, KentuckyOne Health
·        Area residents participating in Walk with a Doc
 
Editor’s Note: This is a rain or shine event.
 
About Walk with a Doc Program
Walk With a Doc is a free, non-profit program for anyone interested in taking steps for their health, providing an opportunity for citizens to engage with physicians and healthcare professionals and enjoy a refreshing, rejuvenating walk in the park. The program began in Columbus, Ohio in 2005 and has spread to 24 states and five countries. For more information, visit www.walkwithadoc.org.
 
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center.  The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 3,100 licensed beds.
 
About Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation
Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation manages 120 parks and six parkways on more than 12,000 acres of land, and operates recreation programs for all ages.  Its mission is to create a City of Parks where people can play, learn, grow and be healthy.  The mission is accomplished by taking care of all parks properties and creating new ones, by providing safe and diverse recreational programs, and by protecting our public lands and resources for future generations. www.metro-parks.org.  
 
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