ParkRx Macon-Bibb County was founded in 2019 by Nancy Cleveland, Executive Director of Macon Head Space, with the help of the national ParkRx program partnered with Macon-Bibb County Government in order to publish all of our local parks and their amenities online.
Through partnership with Navicent now Atrium’s Health’s Healthy Communities, a team of medical experts, as well as, local health and wellness organizations BikeWalk Macon and GA Fitness Festival, were awarded a $12,000 grant from Navicent Health Foundation in order to officially adopt Walk with a Doc as ParkRx Macon-Bibb’s first, inaugural program. Our hope is to encourage Maconites to let nature be their medicine. We hope to continue expanding to more locations within walking distance of all residents in the future!
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 and 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?
Just Walk! Powered by Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. You’ll take a few minutes to learn about a current health topic from a local physician or mental healthcare professional, then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and fun conversation. It’s a great way to get out, get active, and enjoy all the benefits that come from walking. Walk your own pace and distance.
This program was started in Columbus, OH in April of 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir and has now expanded throughout the world. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Our walking groups are a safe, fun, and FREE place to get some steps, learn about health, and meet new friends.