Get Moving with Fitz will begin its second site of walking for fun and health at 5:15 p.m. this coming Tuesday, Aug. 30. Anyone interested in joining the group and having time to ask questions of a physician should meet at Marshall Family Practice, inside the Fitzgibbon Medical Clinic located on the south side of the Fitzgibbon Hospital campus.
The group will walk – each at their own pace - for about 30 minutes around the Fitzgibbon Hospital campus. Dr. Kurt Schroer, board-certified family practice physician at Marshall Family Practice will lead the inaugural walk in Marshall, and the group will meet each week at the same time on Tuesday evenings as weather permits.
The Get Moving with Fitz walking group started on July 11 at the Akeman-McBurney Medical Clinic in Slater, and it has been a very popular community gathering with a focus on increasing physical activity for health. The program has been so successful that Fitzgibbon Hospital is working to begin other groups at its sites in communities it serves.
“What makes the Get Moving with Fitz group special is that local physicians participate and answer questions as they walk,” said Andy Snyder, clinic co-manager for the Fitzgibbon Hospital organization. “It gives the provider a chance to encourage people in making good health decisions while building relationships, and that’s what we want to do in our clinics. Dr. Oxford has done a great job with this very thing at the Akeman-McBurney Medical Clinic in Slater, and we want to replicate that relationship with Marshall Family Practice as well. We’re happy Dr. Schroer has chosen to take the lead there.”
In addition to the presence of a local physician or medical provider in the walking sessions, individuals of any age and physical ability are encouraged to participate. No one gets left behind, which serves as encouragement for individuals who have struggled to participate in past walking or physically demanding events. Any way to “get moving” is what the program is all about. The weekly groups are free, and no advance registration is required to participate. Participants also receive a complimentary T-shirt, while supplies last. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own water and “whatever is on their mind,” ready to get out, move and engage in healthy conversation. For more information, see the Get Moving website located at Fitzgibbon.org/getmoving.