Several Slater area residents turned out to walk with Matt Oxford, M.D., on Monday at the Akeman-McBurney Medical Clinic as he and his clinic nurses and staff kicked off a new program called Get Moving with Fitz.
The weekly walk begins at 5 p.m. each Monday evening, as members of the community are encouraged to come together with a focus on health. Attendees are also encouraged to “bring what’s on their mind” to ask Dr. Oxford during the walk. Dr. Oxford is the primary care physician who sees patients at the Akeman McBurney Medical Clinic in Slater.
Individuals attending the Get Moving session receive a free T-shirt the first time they participate. They are encouraged to wear that shirt for each Monday walking session.
“This is definitely going to take off,” said Oxford. “We are just trying to start some trends and some good habits. Improvement in your health can begin with just one step.”
The Akeman McBurney Medical Clinic first opened 10 years ago, on July 2, 2011. In addition to primary care services offered by Dr. Oxford, family nurse practitioner Theresa Campbell also provides care. Will Campbell, LCSW, also provides mental health counseling services as a licensed clinical social worker.
The Get Moving with Fitz walk occurs every Monday at 5 p.m., weather permitting. Participants walked for about 1.1 miles through town during its first session after assembling in the Akeman McBurney Medical Clinic’s lobby. Healthy individuals and those with varying medical conditions participated at their own pace.