Walk with a Doc extended through November
by Bradley Hartsell
Piedmont Newnan’s Walk with a Doc program has been so successful for the hospital that the program, originally scheduled to conclude in August, has been extended into November.
“This is a huge benefit for our community here in Newnan,” said Piedmont Newnan CEO Mike Robertson. “The fact we had another record turnout is just phenomenal and shows that this community is serious about healthy living.”
In June, Dr. Garnet Craddock of Piedmont Newnan and Southern Vein Care hosted a walk of more than 30 people on a Saturday morning in Carl Millers Park. Walk with a Doc was started last fall as an initiative by Community Benefit, which encouraged Georgia hospitals to reach out in healthy ways to their respective communities.
The initiative was a response to a study Community Benefit did showing the alarming rate of physical inactivity and obesity in Georgia. “We are encouraging everyone in Newnan to come out, walk with us and start a healthy habit that will carry through for the rest of their lives,” added Robertson.
On July 26, Dr. David Harvey of Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology hosted the latest monthly Walk with a Doc. His walk included more than 35 local participants who chose to spend their Saturday morning walking and talking with a doctor, promoting physical activity and asking key questions related to health care. Harvey even offered the attendees free skin cancer screenings at the end of the walk, another effort made by Piedmont Newnan to promote healthiness in the community.
“I was honored to be part of such a wonderful event for our community,” said Harvey. “To be able to talk to walkers one-on-one about the importance of sunscreen and skin protection –every time they step outside – was really valuable. I am very grateful to Piedmont Newnan Hospital for allowing me to be a part of it.”
With the consecutive events Piedmont considered big success, it decided to extend the Newnan branch’s schedule. It was supposed to end on Aug. 23 with anesthesiologists Dr. Jarrod Huey and Dr. Emily Natarella. Given the go-ahead from Piedmont, the Newnan hospital will add three more months to Walk with Doc, with it now set to end in November – right before it gets too cold.
The doctors for the three final Walk with a Doc events have yet to be named.