Go “Walking With a Doc” Friday, learn at a good pace

If you usually walk alone, you might want to add a little variety by participating in "Walking With a Doc" Friday at 1 p.m. on NMMC's Community Walking Track.

Need a little variety in your walking regimen? Try joining up with “Walk with a Doc” tomorrow (Friday) when medical clinicians hit the track and offer tips and suggestions for improving health outcomes.

The relatively new program – the first was held May 28 – is 1-2 p.m. at the North Mississippi Medical Center Live Well Community Walking Track located at the corner of Garfield and South Madison streets across from the NMMC Wellness Center; the parking area is on South Madison. It will be held monthly through the end of the year.

“There will be a five-minute discussion and then a walk the rest of the hour,” said Angel Justice, director of the Advanced Practice Fellowship which started and runs the talk-and-walk sessions. She said the local program, which is part of a national program, was started by Drs. Richmond McCarty and Vernon Raiford of the fellowship. That fellowship is aimed at enriching the knowledge base of nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants. The walk is free and open to the public.

Justice said the program is designed to “encourage interest in different health topics.” This week’s topic will discuss sleep and the importance of adequate sleep for maintaining good health. The discussion and walk will be led by nurse practitioners Brent Hallmark and Kalisa Mickell, both of whom are in the Advanced Practice Fellowship. Topics could include diabetes prevention, tobacco-use cessation, stress management or any of myriad health-improvement topics.

The initial in-person walk in May included 40-50 participants, Justice said. Due to the rise in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, summer walks were held virtually over the Internet, with participants doing their own walking. Tomorrow’s gathering will be the first in-person walk since the summer spike of the coronavirus.

In case of rain, the event will be moved into the NMMC Wellness Center. Justice pointed out that participants need not be members of the Wellness Center.

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