Q: I keep hearing about the “Walk with a Doc” program. What is it, exactly?

A: Created by Ohio cardiologist Dr. David Sabgir in 2005, the “Walk with a Doc” program allows patients and individuals from the public the opportunity to stroll with their personal doctor, while gaining valuable exercise and fresh air.

It is a program initatied by various doctors and health providers across the nation.

Locally, Dr. Danelle Perry of Manhattan’s Stonecreek Family Physicians leads walks. The program at Stonecreek began in September, Perry said.

“I think it’s great because it connects patients with doctors outside of the office,” Perry said.

In Manhattan, the walks take place the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m., Perry said.

In Junction City, Dr. Tessa Bandhan of the Geary Community Hospital hosts the walks, according to the website. The program in Junction City started in May, with walks occurring the second Saturday of every month. In addition to the bonding experience, the program Perry initaties introduces a health topic to participants.

Perry said she enjoys meeting and learning more about the individuals and patients who attend the walks.

“It’s really interesting to talk with them,” Perry said.

The “Walk with a Doc” website introduces a list of reasons why walking is beneficial, including calorie burning and circulation improvements.

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