REACHING THE FINISH LINE – A crowd turned out Thursday morning at the McCarroll Middle School track for Walk with a Doc. Messenger photo by Richard Greene
On a steamy Thursday morning, Dr. Leslie Hollis didn’t mind the humidity as she made laps around the McCarroll Middle School track.
With each step, Hollis visited with others, talking about various topics, while promoting healthy lifestyles.
“Exercise and fitness is a family affair,” Hollis said. “As parents, we can establish habits to pass down to kids. It’s great to see parents out with their children and establishing at a young age the importance of exercise.”
STARTING YOUNG – Blakely Moore, 3, walks along the track with nurse practitioner Camille Cobb Thursday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene
Hollis and Nurse Practitioner Camille Cobb walked a mile around the track with a crowd during the Wise County Community Health Improvement’s Walk With a Doc. The event was part of the Wise Health System’s Community Health Improvement Week. The week included “Yoga on the Lawn” Tuesday, information sessions on Wise eHealth Wednesday and the “Fun In the Sun” party Friday.
“It’s about promoting community wellness and health,” said Jordan Holzbog, manager of population health at WHS.
Holzbog said it was the first time for WHS to host the Walk With a Doc, which is a popular initiative with the American Hospital Association for Community Improvement.
Walkers ranged from 8 months old to 80 years.
“It’s nice to get out to see people in the community and join people in improving health and fitness,” Cobb said.
After the walk, Hollis spoke to the crowd and pointed out that this could be a first step to a routine that doesn’t have to end. She suggested family walks in the evening like her family took growing up.
“My parents still walk every morning at 72,” Hollis said.
Dawn Wilbert suggested walkers joined the Decatur Public Library’s Walk and Talk at 8 a.m. every Monday morning.
PUTTING A RING ON IT – Isabella Condori grabs rings to put around a cone during Wise Health System’s “Fun in the Sun” Friday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene
KEEPING IT BALANCED – Kade Bain pulls a block from the oversized Jenga game. Messenger photo by Richard Greene
WORK OF ART – Lia Jones paints a design on Paisley Schneider’s face. Messenger photo by Richard Greene
STRIKING A POSE – Wise Health System employees practice their skills during Yoga on the Lawn Tuesday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene