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Hartford HealthCare’s July 21 Walk with a Doc in Bristol

New Britain [July 05 2012] - Hartford HealthCare’s next Walk with a Doc will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at Rockwell Park, Bristol. It will include a 30-minute walk and health tips from Christopher Norwood, M.D., a dermatologist, who will discuss sunscreens and sun safety.

Sign-in is at 8:30 a.m. New participants will receive a hat and pedometer; each walker will receive a water bottle. Event host is The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Walks will continue on a monthly basis through December among varied Hartford HealthCare affiliates. On Aug. 11, Hartford Hospital will host a walk at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, where Mark Shekhman, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, will talk about the effect of weight on your joints. MidState Medical Center will host a Sept. 22 walk at Quinnipiac River Linear Trail, Wallingford, where Julian Falla, M.D., internist, will discuss why vitamin D is important for your health.

In 2010, HOCC was the first hospital in New England to join Just Walk! A Walk with a Doc program that hosts free community walks at area parks that are led by doctors and stress the benefits of exercise while providing health tips. Starting this year, Walk with a Doc is a Hartford HealthCare systemwide program. Other Hartford HealthCare entities involved in the walk program are Doctors of Central Connecticut, Hartford Medical Group and MidState Medical Group. Sponsors are Anthem and HPC Foodservice.

Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by a cardiologist in Ohio. There are more than 60 active Walk with a Doc sites, including in Abu Dhabi, Canada and India. Just Walk! A Walk with a Doc program was named a recipient of the 2012 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award.

To register, or for more information, please visit us online or call 1-877-914-WALK.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, X6507

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