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Hospital’s June 25 Walk with a Doc in West Hartford

[June 22 2011] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s next Walk with a Doc will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, June 25 at Trout Brook Trail/Beachland Park from Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford. It will include a 30-minute walk and health tips from Robert Pepperman, M.D., a physiatrist, who will discuss back pain causes and treatment.

Sign-in is at 8:30 a.m. New participants will receive a free T-shirt, hat, pedometer and fanny pack; each walker will receive a water bottle. Elmwood Community Center is at 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford.

Walks will continue monthly at area parks through December. Other upcoming walks are July 30 at Farmington Canal Linear Park in Cheshire, where Maud Ward, M.D., internist, and Henry Ward, M.D., cardiologist, will discuss controlling high blood pressure; and August 13 at Rockwell Park in Bristol, where Mary Windels, M.D., vascular surgeon, will talk about circulation problems and your legs.

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. The hospital had more than 60 walkers at its May Walk with a Doc held in Cromwell. 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 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.