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Hartford HealthCare’s Aug. 11 Walk with a Doc in West Hartford

New Britain [July 31 2012] - Hartford HealthCare’s next Walk with a Doc will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford. It will include a 30-minute walk and health tips from Mark Shekhman, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, who will discuss the effect of weight on your joints.

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 Hartford Hospital. Elizabeth Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Walks will continue on a monthly basis through December among varied Hartford HealthCare affiliates. On Sept. 22, MidState Medical Center will host a walk at Quinnipiac River Linear Trail, Wallingford, where Julian Falla, M.D., internist, will discuss why vitamin D is important for your health. The Hospital of Central Connecticut will host an Oct. 13 walk at YMCA Camp Sloper, Southington, where W. Richard McQueen, M.D., internist, will talk about prevention and treatment of colds, flu.

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 67 active Walk with a Doc sites. 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, call 1-877-914-WALK or visit us online.

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

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