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Hospital’s Oct. 22 Walk with a Doc in Newington

[October 11 2011] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut's next Walk with a Doc will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at Mill Pond Park, Newington. It will include a 30-minute walk and health tips from Wanda Kirejczyk, M.D., radiologist, who will discuss varicose veins and treatment.

Sign-in is at 8:30 a.m. New participants will receive a hat, pedometer and fanny pack; each walker will receive a water bottle.

Walks will continue monthly at area parks through December. Other scheduled walks are Nov. 5 at Farmington River Trail, Unionville, where P. Davis Smith, M.D., internist, will talk about prevention and treatment of colds, flu; and Dec. 10 at Walnut Hill Park, New Britain, where Robert Waskowitz, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, will discuss shoulder pain causes and treatment.

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. Of the nearly 30 hospitals and healthcare systems in the United States and Canada that are part of Just Walk, The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Walk with a Doc program is the largest in terms of overall event participants. 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.

Colorectal surgeon Christina Czyrko, M.D. (at front, right), discussed high fiber and your health at the Sept. 17 walk at YMCA Camp Sloper.