Besides becoming healthier, walkers were recognized with prizes for their endurance and dedication at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Walk with a Doc first anniversary celebration on May 4. Participants also enjoyed refreshments and received free ice cream and beverages and discounts at restaurants thanks to area businesses.
Mike Bender was recognized for participating in the most walks. Tom and Doris Hintz were awarded for walking in the worst weather and Tony Elsperger as the newest walker. Titan Fort was recognized as the youngest walker and his sister, Madi Fort, as the best recruiter for bringing friends to the walks.
CRMC’s free Walk with a Doc health program brings doctors and other healthcare providers and patients together to walk. With the goal of improving the health of participants, walks are held at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday regardless of the weather starting at the Hallett Center.
Increasing exercise, even moderately, may help reduce the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, according to Dr. Wendi Johnson, the group’s leader. Adding 10 minutes of physical activity a day, such as walking, is a small change that can make a big difference.