Fit with a Physician

May 10, 2019 11:37:34 AM

ventureoutdoorslogoIn 2017, the Fit with a Physician program was developed in partnership with the medical community and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation Senior Connections to promote the importance exercise in helping people successfully age. The goal of the Fit with a Physician program is to:

  1. Promote exercise in seniors through one-mile walks in Pittsburgh and Allegheny parks led by physicians, therapists and nutritionists;
  2. Provide an educational component emphasizing the importance of exercise and healthy living;
  3. Encourage participants to keep walking, or join walking groups and use the Venture Outdoors Walks website to find walks nearby.

With aging, dramatic changes occur in the body with a major one being the loss of muscle and its replacement with fatty adipose tissue. As a result, significant compromises can occur in physical performance and general well-being. Regular exercise can significantly impact these changes and help preserve body function and maintain quality of life.

In 2018, Venture Outdoors began working with senior centers to offer comprehensive programming to include as many older adults as possible. This program model allows us to offer indoor and low impact programming to less-able older adults and offer programming during winter months, in addition to our outdoor Fit with a Physician walks.

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How does the program work?

Our model introduces a series of two-hour programs beginning with indoor stretching and light walking in a small space. We build up to a longer indoor walk in a gym to prep for a longer outdoor walk. The final program piece offers an outdoor Fit with a Physician walk for members who are ready to walk outdoors for a mile or more.

As a final step in programming, we are asking our partner centers to use our newly live Venture Outdoors Walks website to find walks near them and encourage their residents to participate. 

We will be implementing an incentives program for centers that complete this program model in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This increases confidence and lead to more people continuing the activities on their own, and utilizing printable resources such as our Venture Outdoors Walks website to have access to walking routes.  

We offer two walks a month that are open to the public. Our partner centers are offered these programs, in addition to indoor walking and exercise programs throughout the year.

This year, Venture Outdoors is actively recruiting medical professionals to help lead more walks and reach more older adults through the region through Fit with a Physician. Any interested medical professionals are welcome to join our walks to see what they are all about. We also have information sessions set up to talk through what it means to volunteer for Fit with a Physician.

“We want to make Allegheny County and Pittsburgh the healthiest region in the state of Pennsylvania. With programs like Fit with a Physician, we believe that we can achieve that goal,” said ACMS member Terence Starz, MD, a regular volunteer with Fit with a Physician.

Our upcoming schedule is as follows:

 

Fit with a Physician
Allegheny County Older American Resource Fair
Wednesday, May 15
Boyce Park
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Fit with a Physician
Saturday, June 1
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Frick Park

 

Fit with a Physician
Wednesday, June 5
1 to 3 p.m.
Schenley Park

 

Fit with a Physician
Wednesday, June 19
1 to 3 p.m.
Highland Park

 

Fit with a Physician
Sunday, July 7
1 to 3 p.m.
Schenley Park

 

Fit with a Physician
Wednesday, July 17
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Frick Park

 

Fit with a Physician
Wednesday, August 21
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Highland Park

 

Our upcoming information sessions for interested medical professionals are as follows:

Tuesday, May 14
6 – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15
12 – 1 p.m.
6 – 7 p.m.

Registration for any of these programs is available at ventureoutdoors.org, or by calling Joanna Lemmon at (724) 554-0632, or emailing joanna@ventureoutdoors.org.