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Hartford HealthCare's Oct. 20 Walk with a Doc in Southington

[October 12 2012] - Hartford HealthCare's next Walk with a Doc will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at YMCA Camp Sloper, Southington. It will include a 30-minute walk and health tips from W. Richard McQueen Jr., M.D., internist, who will discuss prevention and treatment of colds, flu.

Sign-in is at 8:30 a.m. New participants will receive a hat and pedometer; each walker will receive a water bottle. Event host is Doctors of Central Connecticut.

Doctors of Central Connecticut will also host a Dec. 15 walk at Walnut Hill Park, New Britain, where Lorraine Binns-Grear, M.D., internist, will talk about smart eating during the holidays and beyond.

In 2010, The Hospital of Central Connecticut was the first hospital in New England to join Just Walk! A Walk with a Doc program that hosts free community walks at area parks that are led by doctors and stress the benefits of exercise while providing health tips. Starting this year, Walk with a Doc is a Hartford HealthCare systemwide program. Other Hartford HealthCare entities involved in the walk program are MidState Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, Doctors of Central Connecticut, Hartford Medical Group and MidState Medical Group. Sponsors are Anthem and HPC Foodservice.

Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by a cardiologist in Ohio. There are nearly 70 active Walk with a Doc sites. Just Walk! A Walk with a Doc program was named a recipient of the 2012 President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award.

To register, or for more information, please visit www.hartfordhealthcare.org/walkwithadoc or call 1-877-914-WALK.