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Barbara Mackovic, KentuckyOne Health
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Beth Avey, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Walk With a Doc Program Adds Scenic Bernheim Forest Location for 2016
Educational Program Now in Clermont, Near Louisville and Bardstown
Louisville, Ky. (March 31, 2016)— Take the time to stay fit and have fun in the great outdoors, while having your health questions answered by a real, live healthcare provider. Three community organizations are teaming up to host a free Walk With a Doc program at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, near Louisville and Bardstown.
KentuckyOne Health, Bernheim Forest and the Bullitt County Health Department are joining together to encourage community members to make their health a priority. April 9 will mark the inaugural walk at Bernheim Forest, made up of 14,500 acres, including a 600-acre arboretum, a fishing lake and over 35 miles of hiking trails.
Joseph Oropilla, MD, will lead walkers on an easy and scenic trail, while discussing neurology care. A naturalist from Bernheim Forest will also accompany the walking group and the Bullitt County Health Department will be on hand to answer questions about community resources.
Participants will be able to meet regularly for the walk on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at Bernheim Forest, located off of I-65 at Exit 112, one mile east on Highway 245. The walk includes free admission and no registration is necessary. Visitors must identify themselves as Walk With a Doc participants at the entrance gate. The program will begin at the Visitor Center.
Each month, Walk With a Doc events feature a different physician and focus on a particular health topic. Participants can engage in a heart-healthy walk while having the chance to ask the health professional their medical questions in a comfortable, casual setting.
The walk series is part of a nationwide program that inspires people to improve their health through physical activity while exercising side-by-side with health care providers. Walkers have the opportunity to expand their knowledge on important health topics and receive free health screenings, refreshments and giveaways.
Other Louisville area Walk With a Doc locations and times include Iroquois Park every third Saturday of the month, as well as Shawnee Park every fourth Saturday of the month. Unless otherwise noted, all Walk With a Doc events take place at 10 a.m.
For more information about the Walk With a Doc program, visit http://www.kentuckyonehealth.org/walkwithadoc
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.
About Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Bernheim’s mission is to connect people with nature. Whiskey maker, Isaac W. Bernheim established the 14,000+ acre arboretum and research forest in 1929 as a gift to the people of Kentucky. Bernheim’s gate is open every day 7 a.m. until approximately sunset, except December 25 and January 1. Admission to the park is always free for members and free for all every weekday. Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle for the public. Schools and tour groups are welcome; please call in advance for fees and scheduling. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day, including weekends. Isaac’s Café, located in the Visitor Center, is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with refreshments. Bernheim is located in Clermont, KY, about 20 minutes from the Louisville airport. From I-65, take exit 112 and follow the signs. The entrance is approximately one mile from the interstate. Bernheim is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, grants and donations for support.
About Bullitt County Health Department
Bullitt County Health Department (BCHD), established in 1928, was created to serve the residents of Bullitt County. BCHD is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Our Mission is “to promote healthy lifestyles in Bullitt County through prevention and protection.” BCHD plays a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. In cities, towns, and states across the nation, health departments provide a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. Learn more about the Bullitt County Health Department services and community classes by visiting the website at www.bullittcountyhealthdept.org or call 502-955-7837 or 502-543-2415.