Community invited to 'Walk With a Doc'

One in four adults in Coweta County is physically inactive, while nearly one in three is considered obese, according to a recent health needs assessment by Piedmont Healthcare.

To help the community become active and have better access to physicians, the Georgia Center for Healthier Communities, is piloting a health and group fitness program called Walk with a Doc. 

 “This program was designed to help people in Coweta County take charge of their health,” said Holly Lang, deputy director of the Georgia Center for Healthier Communities. “We know it is important to stay active and see a primary care physician regularly, but often people find it difficult to keep up. Walk with a Doc addresses both issues by giving people an opportunity to get the exercise they need and the ability to ask a doctor general health questions.” 

 Throughout October, four Piedmont doctors will host 12 walks, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. Participants will receive a pedometer to help them keep track of the number of steps taken. Doctors will take five minutes to discuss a health topic of their choosing and those participating can ask questions freely for the remainder of the session. 

 The schedule for Walk with a Doc is: 

 • Walk with Richard Jadick, D.O.

Thursday, Oct. 10 & 24 at 9 a.m.

Meet in front of Piedmont Newnan Fitness Center in downtown Newnan.

Dr. Jadick is a board-certified urologist and is widely considered the Iraq war’s most decorated doctor. He practices at Piedmont Physicians Urology Specialists in Newnan. Dr. Jadick is credited with saving the lives of 30 Marines and sailors during a battle in Fallujah, one of the worst urban battles since Vietnam. He volunteered his services for duty in Iraq due to a lack of doctors for military. Talk to Dr. Jadick about men’s health, general wellness, prostate cancer and more. 

 • Walk with Mayur Patel, M.D.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 & 29 at 1 p.m.

Meet in front of Piedmont Newnan Fitness Center in downtown Newnan.

Dr. Patel is a board-certified pulmonologist who recently joined Piedmont Physicians Pulmonology in Newnan, Ga. Dr. Patel has a special interest in educating the community on lung disease and comes to the Coweta community with 13 years of experience. Talk to Dr. Patel about COPD, how to quit smoking, asthma and more.

 • Walk with LaToya Stephens, M.D.

Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30 at 6 p.m.

Meet in front of Piedmont Medical Plaza at 775 Poplar Rd.

Dr. Stephens is a board-certified OB-GYN in Newnan. She has a special interest in general health and wellness. Talk to Dr. Stephens about women’s health, pregnancy, life after baby and more. • Walk with Heather Turner, M.D.

Saturday, Oct. 5 & 19 at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.

Meet in front of Piedmont Medical Plaza at 775 Poplar Rd.

Dr. Turner is a board-certified OB-GYN in Newnan, Ga. She has a special interest in robotic gynecologic surgery. Talk to Dr. Turner about women’s health, pregnancy, life after baby and more.



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