One foot in front of the other: Davenport walking…

Doctors often remind us that good nutrition and exercise are necessities for a healthy lifestyle, but stress, being overweight and conditions such as arthritis might make it difficult to get into a fitness routine.

Davenport’s Parks and Recreation department offers the opportunity for the community to move more through its Walk in the Park program, made possible with a grant through the National Recreation and Park Association and the Centers for Disease Control.

The Walk in the Park program also helped launch Walk with Ease, a program that helps people with arthritis to get active, and Walk with a Doc, which promotes dialogue between community members and area physicians.

“We are always excited to utilize the parks in unique ways,” says parks director Scott Hock. “This is another venue to use our parks and help others work on lifelong initiatives for better health.”

Recreation supervisor Sherrie Fischer, who helps facilitate Walk in the Park, says the program helps people stay on track and exercise. “It helps (people) get into a routine and maybe makes them more accountable,” she says.

Dr. Cheryl True, who assists with the walking program and facilitates the Walk with a Doc program, says the programs promote weight loss, endurance and self-confidence. “The walks help people who may need a structured program be social, and they don’t have to do this alone.”

The national Walk with a Doc launched in April 2005, in Columbus, Ohio. Cardiologist David Sabgir wanted to raise awareness about the importance of physical fitness. Many of Sabgir’s patients weren’t exercising, and he was seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people with heart disease.

Last fall, True introduced the program in the Quad-Cities. 

“Our mission is to connect you with a nearby health-care practitioner who can provide the support and guidance needed for your long-term success,” True says. “It is a chance to open the doors of communication that normally would not happen in a clinical setting.”

True is a board-certified family practitioner who left traditional medicine to become a plant-based doctor. She created a partnership with various local doctors and veterinarians for Walk with…

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