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Hospital’s Oct. 12 Walk with a Doc in New Britain focuses on good nutrition, includes Halloween costume parade

New Britain [September 30 2013] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Oct. 12 Walk with a Doc at Walnut Hill Park, New Britain, may very well include super heroes, princesses, goblins, ghosts, and aspiring doctors and nurses as the hospital hosts a child- and nutrition-focused event, Trick or Treat, Give Me Something Good to Eat!

At the event, to start at 9:30 a.m., Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) pediatricians Ellen Leonard, M.D., and Lauren Melman, M.D., will discuss healthy eating tips for children and adults before a 30-minute walk and a Halloween costume parade for youngsters. Sign-in is at 9 a.m. Rain date is Saturday, Oct. 26.

“Healthy eating and exercise starting in childhood helps kids prepare for an active, disease-free life. This walk will help parents build their knowledge about healthy eating to give their kids the good start they deserve,” says Melman.

New adult walkers will receive a hat and pedometer; children will receive special giveaways and a piece of fruit. Each walker will receive a water bottle.

HOCC’s Walk with a Doc program is part of 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. Sponsor is HPC Foodservice.

Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by a cardiologist in Ohio. There are nearly 100 active Walk with a Doc sites in the United States as well as in other countries. HOCC’s Walk with a Doc is sponsored by HPC Foodservice.

For more information and to register, please visit or call 1-877-914-WALK. Online registration is recommended. A parent/guardian must register and complete waiver (available online) for participants under age 18. Minors attending the event must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900 X6507

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