Cowetans invited to 'Walk with a Doc'
by Bradley Hartsell
March 22 will mark the return of Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s Walk with a Doc program.
The fitness initiative began last fall, with four Piedmont physicians walking and talking with participants looking to get active. Partnering with The Georgia Center for Healthier Communities, the hospital scheduled 12 walks after a community health assessment revealed a need for purposeful movement, according to Piedmont’s public relations director, Kelly Hines.
“The assessment served as a nice tie-in to Walk with a Doc,” Hines said. “We wanted to engage those in the medical community to lead walks to discuss health topics in a relaxed setting.”
The hospital listened to feedback from last fall’s participants. Across the board, they wanted more consistency in scheduling and planning. Last fall, walks could be scheduled on any day, from morning to evening, depending on the physician’s availability. This spring, though, participants can look forward to uniformity. Walks will be every fourth Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Carl Miller Park on Sewell Road.
“We decided to streamline the program with regular days and times,” Hines said.
“We’re thrilled to offer this program again to our community,” she added.
Hines says Piedmont’s Walk with a Doc is a small step in the right direction. The hospital and community must continue to engage to make progress.
“We know this is not the ultimate solution, but we hope this will instill the habits or spark interest in getting out and being active,” she said. “We need to increase physical activity in the community.”
“For Walk with a Doc, we encourage participants to bring their kids, dog, friends and neighbors,” Hines added. “The great thing about the walk is it’s at Carl Miller Park.
One in four adults in Coweta is physically inactive and nearly one in three is considered obese, according to a recent assessment by Piedmont Healthcare.
“Piedmont Newnan Hospital is excited to partner with the Georgia Center for Healthier Communities and present this program to the Coweta County community,” said Nathan Nipper, chief operating officer of Piedmont Newnan Hospital. “We hope community members take advantage of this unique opportunity.”
The program will last through August, with the exception of the month of May. Piedmont doctors will host each walk, lasting approximately 45 minutes.
Carl Miller Park is located at 70 Sewell Road. Participants will receive a pedometer to keep track of the number of steps taken. They will also receive a free T-shirt. Doctors will take five minutes to talk on a health topic of their choice at the main pavilion at the park, and participants can ask questions freely for the remainder of the session.
The schedule for Walk with a Doc is as follows:
• March 22 – Dr. John Vickery, Allergy & Immunology. Vickery sees children and adults for asthma, allergic diseases, and immunologic disorders. He is a member of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), American College of Physicians (ACP), and American Medical Association (AMA).
• April 26 – Dr. Richard Jadick, Urology. 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. 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 the military. Talk to Dr. Jadick about men’s health, general wellness, prostate cancer and more.
• June 28 – Dr. Garnet Craddock, General Surgery. Craddock graduated from Clemson University in 1980 and earned his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina in 1984. He completed a general surgery internship and residency program at Wake Forest University Medical School in 1990. Craddock is board certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has published articles and given presentations on a wide variety of surgery and vascular disease topics.
• July 26 – Dr. David Harvey, Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Harvey completed medical school training at Harvard Medical School and the Washington University School of Medicine. Afterwards, he completed a primary care internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry followed by a dermatology residency at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He is board certified in both Dermatology and Internal Medicine. In 2010, he completed an ACGME accredited fellowship in Procedural Dermatology (Mohs Surgery) at the University of Texas-Southwestern in Dallas. He currently has dermatology and surgical privileges at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, where he is an active staff member.
• Aug. 23 – Dr. Jarrod Huey and Dr. Emily Natarella, Anesthesiology. Huey graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1998, followed by a residency in internal medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1999 and a residency at Emory University in anesthesiology in 2002. He is board certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Natarella is a 2006 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and completed a residency in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in 2007 and at the Alabama Medical Center in anesthesiology in 2010.
Registration is requested but not required for this free event. To register, and to learn more about the Walk with a Doc program and the Georgia Center for Healthier Communities, visit HealthierGeorgia.org .