Capital Regional Medical Center wants you to move! Following advice offered in the U.S. Surgeon General’s report, the hospital is doing its part to encourage the community to become more walk-able and its citizens to be healthier by getting on their feet.

Rx Trek is a new program being launched by Capital Regional that offers an organized walk led by a hospital affiliated physician. These quarterly community events will provide a quick pre-walk talk by the doctor who will then lead the way as participants enjoy a healthy stroll around one of Leon County’s beautiful neighborhoods or parks.

Rx Trek organizer, Mary Waller, serves as Capital Regional’s Business Health and Wellness Manager and says walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your health. “Regular walking helps to lower blood pressure, reduce weight or maintain ideal weight, manage depression and diabetes, and lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and certain cancers including breast and colon cancer.” Waller says the physicians involved in the program believe that walking should be prescribed as an overall health benefit.

In addition to the obvious health benefits that come with walking on a regular basis, Rx Trek is one way to make the community more attractive to residents and visitors alike. “One of the reason I’ve loved what the city and county have done with sidewalks and paths is because those initiatives make it more walk-able, which is good for the community,” says Waller. “When more people are out walking and our community is ‘walk-friendly,’ social interaction is enhanced and the community, overall, is more attractive to businesses and families.”

The next is scheduled for April 8 at Klapp-Phipps park with Dr. Brian Allen. The walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. by the Gate A entrance, Miller Landing Road, just past the soccer complex. “No need to RSVP,” says Waller. “People can just show up and join in this healthy social event.”

Waller says that Capital Regional Medical Center encourages walking all of the time through its walking path situated along the perimeter of the hospital’s main campus. “The hospital’s walking path is a great way for our employees and guests to get a little exercise when they are at the facility. All they need is a good pair of walking shoes and to watch their step along path.” The Business Health Solutions program also encourages participating businesses to set up their own wellness programs which can include onsite walking paths, health screenings and wellness events.