According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?
Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.
The Incarnation Health Ministry walks will be held monthly at Chestnut Branch Park in Mantua, New Jersey after the 9:30 am Sunday Mass. Walkers should meet at the park at the 9/11 Memorial. There is more information about the park with the picture below. Our walk leaders are Dr. Frank Ferry and several of our nurses from the parish health ministry.
Walk With A Doc was started in Columbus, Ohio, in April 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir and has now expanded throughout the country. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk alone, with friends, a partner or family or with a group. It’s a personal preference.
Named for the Chestnut Branch of the Mantua Creek, Chestnut Branch Park is more than 11 hundred acres and includes athletic fields and facilities and two wooded areas of rolling hills with scenic trails and diverse wildlife. Along the edge of the fields, there are some wetlands that attract grassland birds as well as woodland species. A paved path circles the athletic fields, and bicyclists and walkers make use of this pathway. Follow the path to the right from the parking lot to get to the Butterfly Garden. The best time for viewing is mid-day in the summer. Continue on the path and you arrive at the 9/11 Memorial Place of Reflection with benches within a landscaped grove.