Walk into 2016 at the 4th annual ‘Walk-n-Talk with a Doc’ this Sunday, Jan. 3

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Tawnia McKenzie, RN Stroke Program Coordinator

After a season full of holiday celebrations and the start of a new year, you may have vowed to “get back on that exercise program!” 

Do your New Year’s resolutions include goals like “lose weight” and “get in shape”? It’s the time of year when we come off our holiday sugar highs and recommit to our own health and wellbeing. Do you wonder how to begin? A gym membership is great, but the answer may be much simpler than that: Walk More.

This Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, WABI will host the 4th Annual Walk-n-Talk-with-a-Doc. We’ll have a new speaker this year: Ms. Tawnia McKenzie, RN. Ms. McKenzie is the Stroke Program Coordinator at Highline Medical Center/CHI Franciscan Health. Tawnia will talk to us about:

  • Walking, cycling and other exercise as a path to overall health and well-being
  • Walking for stroke prevention and recovery

After Ms. McKenzie’s talk, we will leave the meeting room at the library and head west for a walk along SW 152nd, around Lake Burien and back to the library. The Walk-n-Talk-with-a-Doc has been a very well-attended event in past years, with more than 60 people listening to the presentation and then joining the community walk. This is a FREE event, and walkers of all ages are encouraged to participate. (You may also come solely for the presentation if you’re unable to join the walk.)

WHEN: Sunday, January 3, 2016 (Rain or shine, though SUNSHINE is in the forecast.); meet at 2 p.m. Introduction and talk by Tawnia McKenzie, RN, starting at 2:15 p.m..
Walking starts at about 2:30/2:45 p.m. or so. (Time will vary depending on Q&A after Ms. McKenzie’s talk.)

WHERE: Meet in the multipurpose room (city council chambers behind the glass wall) on the first floor of the Burien City Hall/Public Library. 400 SW 152nd St.

WHO: Walkers of every age, level and ability 
(dogs are welcome)

DISTANCE: About 2.25 miles, round trip, mostly flat, with some sidewalks. Walkers are welcome to walk any portion of the route, short or long, depending on their abilities, and walk at any pace that is most comfortable for them.

ROUTE: From Burien City Hall/Public Library at Burien Town Square, west around Lake Burien, and back to Town Square Park.(See map below.)

Phoenix-Tea-name-150As an added bonus, Phoenix Tea, in Olde Burien, welcomes the Walk-n-Talkers into their shop for a sip of hot tea, whether heading westbound at the beginning of the walk, or eastbound at the end. 902 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA 98166
2013 Walk-n-Talk Group

In 2013, 61 walkers filled the City Council chambers as they listened to Dr. Michael Schlitt speaking at the Walk-n-Talk-with-a-Doc.

(Please click on the map for a larger view, 
then print it out and bring it with you to the walk.)

Take a look at our web post “Start Walking for Health and Well-Being.”

Intentions for Burien’s Walk-n-Talk:

  • “Encourage active living to support physical and mental health.”
    (Part of Burien’s “Vision”.)
  • Initiate conversation between friends and neighbors, new and old.

Special Thanks:

WABI Burien is grateful to Nurse Tawnia McKenzie for her support of and involvement in our walking program. We also thank Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services for their continued enthusiasm for WABI’s efforts.

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BURIEN LOGO - OLD CLEAN-150hTawnia McKenzie, RN
Stroke Program Coordinator
Neurosciences Service Line
16251 Sylvester Rd. SW, MS95-63, Burien, WA 98166
TEL: (206) 901-8574

Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services
14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA  98166-1545.
TEL: (206) 988-3700


For questions, comments and suggestions, please contact Maureen Hoffmann at [email protected].

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