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Hospital’s April 30 Walk with a Doc at Norton Park, Plainville

[April 11 2011] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) will kick off its 2011 Walk with a Doc program at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at Norton Park in Plainville. It will include a 30-minute walk and health tips from Robert Belniak, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, who will address common knee problems.

Sign-in is at 8:30 a.m. New participants will receive a free T-shirt, hat, pedometer and fanny pack; all walkers receive water bottles.

Walks will continue monthly at area parks through December. Upcoming walks are May 21 at Pierson Park, Cromwell, where Thomas Lane, M.D., internist, will discuss getting and keeping your weight under control; and June 25, when Robert Pepperman, M.D., physiatrist, will talk about back pain causes and treatment at Trout Brook Trail/Beachland Park from Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford.

The hospital is the first 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 a doctor and stress the benefits of exercise while providing health tips. HCC had 220 walkers from more than 25 Connecticut towns over its first three walks last fall. Sponsors are Anthem and Pepsi Beverages Company.

To register, or for more information, including possible event cancellation on walk day in case of inclement weather, please visit www.thocc.org/walk-with-a-doc/ or call 1-877-914-WALK. On walk day, registrants need to present a completed waiver form, available online with registration or on walk day.