As part of a movement to promote health, nature and local parks and trails, the Pennsylvania departments of Health and Conservation and Natural Resources launched the “Walk with a Doc” campaign. The statewide initiative encourages communities and health professionals to get active together.
Lower Southampton Township is hosting a “Walk with a Doc” on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Playwicki Farm, 2350 Bridgetown Pike. Join Alison Selbst, recently retired after 35 years in pediatrics, for this free, low-intensity walk that will showcase Playwicki. This event is held rain or shine. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes.
“Mitigation efforts are still underway to combat COVID-19, including getting more Pennsylvanians vaccinated, but we still encourage individuals to maintain an active physical lifestyle to be healthy,” said Department of Health Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson. “This means participating in outdoor recreational activities as much as possible. Physical activity provides immediate and long-term health benefits. Take advantage of these beautiful nature trails and parks across Pennsylvania this fall to increase recreational activities and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
“This ‘Walk with a Doc’ program has been a great collaboration and we thank all of our partners helping us to advance wellness in nature and meet a goal of our statewide outdoor recreation plan,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “I am especially proud to have the support of Pennsylvania’s top physician as we continue to spread the word of the program. The pandemic has reminded us of the importance of spending time in natural spaces and making the direct connection to our health is something we hope resonates in communities across the commonwealth.”
Communities and health organizations are encouraged to get active and host their own “Walk with a Doc” events through DCNR. “Walk with a Doc” is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire communities through movement and conversation. During the event, participants enjoy a light walk with physicians and other local healthcare professionals who provide support to participants and answer questions during the walk.
More information and a full list of events can be found here.