Doctors with Vibrant Health are encouraging people to get outside and walk.

Vibrant Health is joining Walk with a Doc, a national campaign that gets doctors to host walks where people can ask them questions and learn how to get moving in a friendly, welcoming environment.

The mission of Walk with a Doc (WWAD) is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country.

Doctors at Vibrant Health have taken it upon themselves to encourage people to get outside and walk for at least 30 minutes each day.

According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity and walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can have the following health benefits:

• Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
• Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
• Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
• Enhance mental well-being
• Improve blood lipid profile
• Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
• Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
• Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes

Dr. Greg Miller is the physician champion who will be spearheading this important and nationally-recognized “Walk with a Doc” program locally.

“I want to support our patients and our community and to make healthy lifestyle choices, and this is one of them. Get moving and finding a way to exercise that’s enjoyable,” said Dr. Miller.

Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile, doesn’t it?

The “Walk with a Doc” events will begin following the Healthy Kids Running Series at Hoffman Park every Sunday of each month from 5:15p.m. -6:15p.m., beginning in April. The dates are:

• April 23
• April 30
• May 7
• May 14
• May 21

Vibrant Health is giving out free water and motivational goodies to people who come to the first walk at Hoffman on Sunday, April 23rd.

Make walking a part of your fitness regimen. Join your doctor and other people looking to improve their health at the next Walk with a Doc (WWAD) event.

Click here to join our event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/407910209582200/