This Doc’sÂ number one prescription: â€œWalk!â€ After a season full of holiday celebrations and the start of a new year, you may have vowed to â€œget back on that exercise program!â€Â Do your New Yearâ€™s resolutions include goals like â€œlose weightâ€ and â€œget in shapeâ€? Do you wonder how to begin? A gym membership is great, but the answer may be much simpler than that: Walk More. ThisÂ Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, WABI Burien will help you start your year off right by presentingÂ theÂ Third AnnualÂ Walk-n-Talk-with-a-Doc.
NOTE: There is NO Seahawks game this Sunday, so forget trying that excuse! (the next game is Jan. 10)Dr. Michael Schlitt, Neurosurgeon and Chief of Surgery at Franciscan Neurosurgery Associates, will speak to WABI walkers about the health benefits of walking, and will then join us for our walk to continue the conversation on foot.Â As a frequent walker himself, Dr. Schlitt â€œwalks his talkâ€. The Doctor and his staff feel that walking is a key to both spinal and general health. â€œAt least 2/3â€™s of my post-surgical patients use walking as their primary mode of rehabilitation after surgery. Additionally, most patients referred forÂ consultation actually donâ€™t need surgery; walking is one of our key modalities for getting folks back to full function.â€ Convinced of the value of walking, Dr. Schlitt will provide aÂ FREE pedometer (to the first 44 walkers that arrive) and a copy of his walking programÂ to each walker attending Januaryâ€™s Walk-n-Talk. Also, there will be tips and tidbits about how and why to integrate more walking into your life. WHEN:Â Sunday, January 4Â 2014Â (Rain or shine.);Â Meet atÂ 2:00. Talk by Dr. Schlitt starts at 2:15. Walking starts at about 2:30/2:45 or so.Â (Time will vary depending on Q&A after Dr. Schlittâ€™s talk.) WHERE:Â Meet in theÂ multipurpose roomÂ (city council chambers behind the glass wall) on the first floor of theÂ Burien City Hall/Public Library. 400 SW 152nd St. WHO:Â Walkers of every level and ability â€¨(dogs are welcome). DISTANCE:Â 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 anyÂ pace that is most comfortable for them. ROUTE:Â From Burien City Hall/Public Library atÂ Burien Town Square, west around Lake Burien, and back to Town Square Park.(See map below.) This is a very popular event. InÂ January 2014 there were 65Â walkersÂ filling the largeÂ Burien Community Center room, anxious to hear what Dr. Schlitt had to say. (The year prior, we filled the City Council Chambers!) (Please click on the map for a larger view, then print it out and bring it with you to the walk.)
Intentions for Burienâ€™s Walk-n-Talk:
- â€œEncourage active living to support physical and mental health.â€â€¨(Part of Burienâ€™s â€œVisionâ€.)
- Initiate conversation between friends and neighbors, new and old.