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Local docs walk, talk, promote healthy living in Frisco

Caddie Nath
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FRISCO – Saturday morning, just before 9 a.m. a group of seven or eight people gathered near the Summit Vista Professional building.

As the others chatted, a woman in casual clothing and running shoes took charge.

“Everybody’s wearing sunscreen, right?” Dr. Elizabeth Winfield asked holding a tube of lotion over her head. It was only the first bit of free medical advice she would give the group as they strolled the Frisco recpath over the next hour.

The Walk with a Doc program, a free Saturday morning trek with a Summit County physician, was launched in mid-July to generally success, giving members of the community a chance to get health and wellness tips and to ask questions of medical professionals while enjoying the summer air.

“(Walk with a Doc) is important from a couple of standpoints,” said Dr. Larry George, who, along with his wife, Dr. Karen Wyatt, came up with and started the program. “To reinforce the importance of fitness, nutrition and overall health in terms of health care and then we also just wanted to do something nice for the community.”

Each week is hosted by a different doctor, who gives a short pre-walk presentation on a specific theme, such as eating smart, cancer prevention or heart health. The talk is followed by a 45-minute stroll, paced to the group’s ability and preference, during which individuals can ask questions and learn more about health and fitness from the hosting doctor.

“Our doctors really just want to be more involved in the community and do things that are healthy with our community members,” said Carol Craig of High Country Healthcare, one of the organizations behind the program. “At High Country Healthcare we want to have healthy patients and really promote health and wellness.”

After they were all well protected from the sun’s UV rays, Saturday’s group received a list of 100 ways to cut 100 calories and heard from Winfield on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. Next week’s group will learn about diet and cancer prevention.

The program is a joint project of High Country Healthcare, Summit County’s Family Practice and the Urgent Care and Women’s Health physicians’ group. The walk is open to the whole community and strollers, wheelchairs and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to join in.

The last Saturday walk, set for Aug. 27, will help participants learn how to put together all the topics covered through the summer.

For more information on the Walk with a Doc program, contact the High Country Healthcare administration at (970) 668-1791.

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