boulder community health bch walk with a doc second anniversary heart healthA special second birthday for Walk with a Doc on Saturday, July 13 featured warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Walkers at North Boulder Park celebrated Walk with a Doc’s 2nd anniversary and heard from Dr. Nelson Trujillo, WWAD’s lead physician and board-certified cardiologist at Boulder Community Health about ways to make improving your health fun.

Boulder Community Health’s CEO, Dr. Robert Vissers, also spoke to the energetic crowd and thanked them for participating in the walks for the past two years and for “being about wellness and creating health.”

Walking is a great way to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, manage weight, elevate your mood, and reduce your risk for osteoporosis, cancer and diabetes.

“For the first time in my career – 30 years – the risk of heart disease is actually going up. It has started to go back up again because of our sedentary lifestyles and our diet - all of those things are leading to diabetes, high blood pressure and worsening health,” Trujillo said.

“But our kids and our grandkids are learning, and we as ambassadors should help them get out there and move. It’s not about exercise – because that’s a bad word. It’s about having fun. Recess (as a kid) was fun, so recess is a way better way to prevent heart disease,” Trujillo said.

Before the next Walk with a Doc on Aug. 10, Dr. Trujillo challenged all the participants to think about things they can do every day for just a few minutes during their recess time, to feel better about their health.

Thank you to Dr. Trujillo, program coordinator Gina Simmering, the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation, and all our sponsors, including the Boulder Community Health Foundation, for making these great (and healthy) walks possible.

Join us for our next Walk with a Doc on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Harlow Platts Park (1360 Gillaspie Drive in Boulder) from 8-9 a.m. Dr. Jeff Carter, BCH hospitalist, will talk about “Staying Hydrated for Better Health.”

bch boulder community health walk with a doc 2nd birthday training for cpr hands-only cpr training Don’t forget that at each Walk with a Doc:

• BCH’s Clinical Education team will demonstrate “hands-only” CPR techniques you can learn in just minutes!

• BCH pharmacists will be on hand to answer your medication-related questions.

• There are free blood pressure checks, free giveaways and free refreshments (including coffee from Starbucks)

For a full list of walks and more details, go to bch.org/walkwithadoc.