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Hospital’s Walk with a Doc program starts Oct. 16

[September 30 2010] - Time to get those walking shoes on and walk for health! The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) is 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 a doctor and stress the benefits of exercise while providing health tips.

The hospital’s first walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at YMCA Camp Sloper in Southington; registration is at 8:30 a.m. Anthony Ciardella, M.D., an internist, will lead a 30-minute walk after a brief discussion on the benefits of exercise. Other scheduled walks, with 8:30 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. health tips and walk, are:

* Saturday, Nov. 6: Farmington River Trail, Unionville (Collinsville Road on Route 4 West, on right side past bridge over river). Endocrinologist Latha Dulipsingh, M.D., will discuss risk factors for diabetes.
* Saturday, Dec. 11: Walnut Hill Park (behind pavilion), New Britain. Cardiologist Robert Borkowski, M.D., will talk about ways to prevent heart disease.

Walks, to be held through December and resume in April, will be held rain or shine. Walk participants will receive a free T-shirt, hat, pedometer and water bottle. Event sponsors are Anthem and Pepsi Beverages Company. Walk with a Doc was begun by a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, and has spread to several states in the U.S. and to Canada.

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. For the waiver, a parent or legal guardian’s signature is required if the participant is under 18 years of age.