Spring Kick Off!
Middlefield – Starting Saturday April 7th
9-10am at Peckham Park
(161 Strickland Road)
Middletown – Starting Sunday April 8th
12-1:30pm at Harbor Park
(Park in the Melilli Lot and take the tunnel over to the river)
All ages and abilities are welcome! Come walk, socialize, and learn in a supportive group.
Coming Fall 2018
Unlocking Creative Genius!
Our first collaborative program with Wesleyan students:
Cardinal Kids was created by George Perez '20, a former Green Street student worker. He is the recipient of a PCSE Seed Grant to start the program. His program will create an after school program on Wesleyan's campus beginning next fall.
Walk with a Doc - Information Sheet
What is it? – Walk With a Doc is a free, community based walking program. It is designed to provide a safe, welcoming environment for members of the community to become more physically active, learn about health and wellness, and join a social group to provide and benefit from support and encouragement. It can also be a great venue for discussing the issues affecting our community and brainstorming creative solutions to these problems. This program is not a direct provision of medical care, and advice is offered on a generalized basis. Specific individual health concerns should always be reviewed with your personal healthcare provider.
History - Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Frustrated with his inability to affect behavior change in the clinical setting, Dr. Sabgir invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energized and ready to move.
Since that first event in 2005, Walk with a Doc has grown as a grassroots effort, with a model based on sustainability and simplicity. A doctor gives a brief presentation on a health topic and then leads participants on a walk at their own pace. Healthy snacks, coffee and blood pressure checks are an optional part of a Walk with a Doc event. The Walk added an Executive Director in 2009 and focused on building a program that could easily be implemented by interested doctors in other cities around the country. As a result of these efforts, the reach of Walk with a Doc now extends all around the globe with over 300 chapters worldwide!
Benefits – There are a tremendous number of benefits to low and moderate intensity exercise, including walking. Physical benefits include improved energy, modest weight loss, improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar control, and many others. Emotional benefits can include stress management, reduction of symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improved focus. There are also very important health benefits of regular social interaction and engagement.
Locations – Walks will be offered in both Middletown and Middlefield. Middletown walks will be held at Harbor Park, by the river. Participants can park at the Melilli Lot off of Washington Street and take the tunnel under route 9 to the park. Middlefield walks are held at Peckham Park on 161 Strickland Road. There is ample free parking in the lot, and we meet and start walks at the pavilion.
Schedule – Walks at Peckham Park in Middlefield will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month and will start at 9am. Walks at Harbor Park in Middletown will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month and will start at 12pm. Please note that some months, walks may align on the same weekend, and other months they may be on alternating weekends. Walks will be scheduled April through November, weather permitting.